Town to Trails: Connecting Trails and Downtown Master Plan
Town to Trails will create a comprehensive master plan for the Town and Village of Poultney to guide direct connections, and develop amenities and infrastructure that supports these connections, from Downtown to recreational outposts, such as Slate Valley Trails (SVT), D&H Rail Trail, Boczek Marsh WMA, and Lake St. Catherine. In addition, the plan will address several transportation issues within the Downtown such as parking, access management, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety, and redevelopment opportunities and land-use changes to improve walkability and connections to recreation assets. The master plan will support both active and alternative transportation, while expanding the current economic development work in the Town. The Town of Poultney will use the planning effort to develop shovel-ready projects to implement and support recommendations from a recent Retail and Market Analysis and Recreation Economy for Rural Communities Plan. In the wake of closing Green Mountain College (GMC) in 2019, and the subsequent sale and proposed revival of the campus by private owners, the Town is motivated to reinvent itself as a destination with unrivaled access to recreation and a welcoming Downtown with a strong sense of place.