Healthy Community Design in Central Vermont

Our goal is to help communities build safe, accessible environments where people can walk, bicycle, and use public transit. We work with community organizations, municipal and regional planners at a local level. We start with conversations to learn what is important to our community. From there, we find ways to weave in health and wellness that also meet the priorities of our towns, such as economic development.
  • We try to help town officials and organizations find funds to support health-promoting efforts related to the built environment, access to healthy foods, multi-modal transportation options and quality housing.
  • We can offer examples of health promoting language to incorporate into town and regional plans.
  • We have a Safe Routes to Schools Regional Expert on staff to provide additional support to schools.

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Local Highlights

Barre/Montpelier Road Diet (Rt. 302) VTrans Project

  • This project is intended to improve the safety of bicycle traffic and also reduce vehicle collisions. Find out more information from VTrans.

Montpelier in Motion

  • We participated in the collective process of creating this master plan.  The Montpelier in Motion Master Plan helps establish recommendations for improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. 

Harwood Track in the Woods

  • An innovative community project to create a running track built right into the woods! Check out this video to learn more about this community-driven vision for creating a destination track!  Follow along with their progress on their community Facebook page.

Related Resources

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission 
Local Motion (Washington County)
Planning for Prevention Primer 
Vermont Healthy Community Design Resource 
American Planning Association Healthy Community Design Planning Toolkit

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Contact Us

Call Joan Marie, District Director
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