We will be holding a Public Open House and Workshop on February 11 at 6 pm! All walkers, bikers and hikers in the MRV are invited to discuss how to improve sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, and bicycle facilities! This gathering is an opportunity to see draft active transportation recommendations for the community and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ Village Meeting House (4355 Main Street).
The planning process for the MRV Moves Plan began in the fall of 2015. Early in the process the planning team distributed postcards around the valley, set up booths at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market and Sugarbush Community Day, and worked with partner organizations to spread the word about our process and the project website (www.mrvmoves.org). The planning team also distributed a public survey, which received over 350 responses – 87% from locals, 10% from second homeowners, and 3% from visitors to the MRV. Stakeholder meetings with the US Forest Service, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, the VT Agency of Transportation, the VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, and the Natural Resources Board District Commission have been conducted. The planning team has also had regular check-ins with the Advisory Committee for the Project, which includes representatives from the MRV Chamber of Commerce, the MRV Rotary, the Mad River Path Association, the Mad River Riders, the VT Land Trust, Sugarbush Resort, The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, the Mad River Valley Planning District, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, and the Towns of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, and Moretown.
Through this process, existing conditions and community desires have been analyzed to fully understand the opportunities and constraints for active transportation in the Mad River Valley. With this understanding, the planning team and the Advisory Committee have developed conceptual plans that illustrate creative responses for reaching the community’s vision and addressing the identified opportunities and constraints. These concepts do the following:
- Create a complete active transportation system that allows for non-motorized travel throughout the Mad River Valley;
- Provide access to important origins and destinations;
- Expand mobility and increase safety of users;
- Enhance the traveling experience of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists or transit users;
- Enhance stormwater collection and treatment and address opportunities for mitigating potential impacts to natural resources,
- Incorporate traffic calming measures as needed and appropriate, based on existing speed data;
- Promote connections between the village centers;
- Provide year round facilities for active transportation; and
- Incorporate recreational access, visitor accommodation and tourism objectives into the broader transportation network.
The Mad River Planning District and the MRV Moves Advisory Committee invite all to attend the public open house and workshop to tell us your thoughts on these concepts!