Two Addison County Towns Secure VT Planning Grants

Two Addison County Towns, Cornwall and Starksboro, were recently awarded Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) Municipal Planning Grants. DHCD issued $464,000 in Municipal Planning Grant awards to 38 communities across Vermont. Municipal Planning Grants support local planning and community revitalization initiatives. Their intent is to build strong communities and improve Vermont’s quality of life. Grants are awarded annually and administered by the DHCD. Since 1998, the program has provided over $11 million to 234 cities and towns. 

The purpose of the Town of Cornwall grant is to protect working lands and natural resources. Building on the success of the VT Department of Fish & Wildlife’s "Community Values Mapping Project", Cornwall will update its regulations to preserve its working landscape and natural resources. The total project cost is $18,680 and the DHCD grant funds awarded was $15,120. For more information, contact Susan Johnson, at cornwallvt@shoreham.net.

The purpose of the Town of Starksboro grant is to help sustain their rural economy. Grant funds will help the town engage citizens to chart a path towards reducing local flood risks, preserving scenic resources, and providing guidance to site renewable energy projects. The total project cost is $9,100 and the DHCD grant funds awarded was $8,733. For more information, contact David Wetmore, starksborozoning@gmavt.net.

DHCD. 12.7.2016. Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD), the Municipal Planning Grant Program works to strengthen Vermont communities. Since 1998, the program has provided over $11 million to 234 cities and towns across Vermont to help them thrive by planning for future growth and development and improving the quality of life.