Vision for the Region
The vision is a concept of the kind of place our citizens want it to be in the decades ahead. Below is a draft vision developed by the Regional Plan Draft Review Committee using public input and values derived from the student-led community interviews and Regional Priorities Survey. It is intended to reflect what people want to happen in the community – even if this would be a challenge to achieve.
The vision for the future of Central Vermont is to be a place that reflects the best of what the Green Mountain state has to offer—
- a place where opportunity and commerce thrive and residents innovate, using their land, skills, knowledge and strong work ethic to be prosperous;
- a place where all residents are healthy and connected to their community because their surroundings and transportation systems encourage interaction, recreation and access to housing, services and jobs; and
- a place where the strong connection between the health of our natural environment and our quality of life is grounded in our ethic and reflected by our ability to use energy efficiently, grow sustainably, and adapt our built environment for resilience in a changing landscape.
Draft Guiding Principles
This plan will be designed to create or preserve the following:
- A strong culture of cooperative planning with residents working together to find solutions to sustaining the vitality of our communities and high quality of life enjoyed in our Region;
- A prosperous and adaptable economy that will provide full employment in a broad range of occupations at a livable wage;
- Preservation of an economically viable working landscape of farms and forests, with increased local food production and access to healthy food;
- Well-protected natural systems and sustainably managed natural resources including wildlife, habitat and water resources;
- Minimized contribution to climate change and preparedness for the challenges and opportunities of a changing climate and increased natural hazards;
- A good range of housing choices that are high quality, safe and attractive, including varying housing types offered and ample affordable options available for all residents;
- Availability of reliable and affordable energy supplies, increased energy efficiency, and diverse renewable energy resources and facilities;
- Preservation of rural character and diverse historic settlements with thriving downtown and village centers serving as cultural and economic hubs;
- Reduced solid waste and cost-effective infrastructure that supports desired growth patterns, public health and environmental sustainability;
- A healthy, active and connected population in communities that work for all residents;
- An integrated, regional transportation system that encourages various modes of travel.