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Community Update: Ferrisburgh

Ferrisburgh residents are working to protect their Route 7 corridor and village center. For the last year, Smart Growth Vermont has assisted the Friends of Ferrisburgh for Responsible Growth in voicing their concerns over a large truck stop and restaurant complex proposed for the southern end of town. Other townspeople are acting as an advisory group and working with the Planning Commission to update the town’s zoning standards for their highway corridor and update the town’s bylaws to encourage small-scale new businesses compatible with the town’s rural character.

This citizen advisory committee conducted a survey of the property owners along the Route 7 corridor. Almost half the surveys were returned and indicated that the community wants more viable businesses and that people care about the character and appearance of those businesses. A consensus is clearly emerging in the community for sensible planning along Route 7. See their web page for a summary of the survey results.