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Community Update: Bristol

Smart Growth Vermont recently helped the Town of Bristol with a major overhaul of its Town Plan. The project, which you can learn more about in our Community Planning Partnership section, was funded cooperatively by the Town, community donors, and Smart Growth Vermont grant funds provided by the Argosy Foundation.
Bristol is a vibrant, growing community whose downtown serves the needs for not only for its own residents, but also those in surrounding towns. As Planning Commissioners worked on updating the Plan, our staff provided detailed analysis and recommendations of earlier drafts and prepared an implementation plan that identifies specific implementation steps to ensure that the goals in the plan are achieved. Intern Abby Farnham helped evaluate and analyze the over 600 responses to a town-wide survey.
“Local planning can be very contentious, and it helps to have an organization like Smart Growth Vermont at your side as you work through the process. I can honestly say that our new Town Plan would not be as good or as complete without their help,” said Tom Wells, Chair of the Bristol Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission held their first public hearing on the new plan on January 6th and plans future meetings to ensure residents have time to review and comment on the plan. For information on future meetings, go to the town’s website.