Land use planning shapes the growth of communities, and in turn affects the health and well-being of Vermonters. Our goal is to help communities build safe, accessible environments where people can walk, bicycle, and use public transit. We work with the Rutland County Regional Planning Commission to ensure that walk and bike safety education and infrastructure are considered when writing and revising community plans.
We supported Brandon and Poultney to incorporate specific language into their town plans that considered recreational opportunities, access to healthy and local foods and pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
The town of West Rutland is collaborating with Rutland Town on a Smart Growth Plan to incorporate Complete Streets planning into a redesign of Business Rte. 4A. Click here to read the Smart Growth Plan.
Local Recreational Resources
- Pine Hill Park, Rutland City
- The Pittsford Trail Network
- The Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail connecting Poultney and Castleton
- Find more walking and hiking trails in our area on Trail Finder
Safe Routes to Schools
Walking and biking to school helps students develop independence, improves academic performance, reduces traffic congestion and air pollution and creates a stronger community. The Safe Routes to Schools program provides guidance and encouragement on how to engineer, implement and evaluate programs that make it safer, easier, and more fun for students and their families to walk and bike to school.
Bethany, Public Health Specialist