Interstate Interchange Planning

Description: This project was a response to the growing concern that the dispersed, auto-dependent growth patterns emerging at many interchanges may have detrimental impacts on economic vitality of Vermont’s traditional downtowns and villages as well as negative impacts on Vermont’s scenery, environmental quality and quality of life. In 2001, the DHCA Planning Division was awarded a three-year Sustainable Development Challenge Grant from the EPA to undertake planning along the interstate. The outcomes of this project included:

  • Publication of the Vermont Interstate Interchange Planning and Development Design Guidelines. This guidebook is intended to facilitate development at interstate interchanges that will maintain and even enhance the economic and environmental character of Vermont’s communities. Intended for use by municipalities, land developers and public officials, this guidebook promotes ways to support growth at interchanges that is consistent with state land use goals and other state policy initiatives. A scenic analysis of interchange views was conducted as part of the design guidelines project.
  • A case study of decentralized wastewater treatment options for Exit 17 in the Town of Colchester.
  • A case study of the purchase of development rights along highway corridors in the Town of Richmond.
  • A 3D visualization of a land use plan for future land use around Exit 4 in the Town of Randolph.
  • Natural resource inventories at four interchanges (Exit 17 – Colchester, Exit 11 – Richmond, Exit 7 – Berlin, Exit 4 – Randolph)

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Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs Planning Division

Date: 2004
Format: Website

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