The Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) in February 2018 formed a subcommittee in partnership with the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce to review many of the past studies and strategic plans done on community development and economic vitality for common themes and recommendations. The charge to the committee was to develop a recommendation back to the respective boards with the intention of submitting to the three town’s selectboards, then to the public for input, and then possible implementation. The MRVPD is sharing the information developed by this committee, known as the MRV FLO Committee (For Local Opportunities).
The Mad River Valley Planning District was created in 1985 by the Towns of Fayston, Waitsfield and Warren. The Purpose of the Planning District is to “carry out a program of planning for the future of the Mad River Valley. The planning program shall be directed toward the physical, social, economic, fiscal, environmental, cultural and aesthetic well being of the member Towns and its inhabitants.”
During its review of the numerous studies and recommendations made over the last 20 years, the MRV FLO Committee found many common threads and challenges. The committee has suggested bold areas of investment to be leveraged towards addressing some of the challenges revealed in the analysis of the study material. It has also made a suggestion on how to fund the investments via a local option tax and a suggested a structure on how to manage making the possible investments.
The public is encouraged to review the material included here and submit your input to the committee members. All meetings of this subcommittee are open to the public. There will be multiple public meetings to share these suggestions and invite feedback. The final document will be the result of such public input and any proposal will be put before the voters of the three towns via an Australian ballot.
Please direct feedback and questions to FLOfeedback@mrvpd.org
MRV FLO Documents:
- Draft MRV FLO Case Statement Proposal (2018)
- MRV FLO Overview Presentation (2018)
- Draft MRV FLO Bylaws (2019)
- Draft MRVPD Charter Summary (2018)
- Draft MRVPD Charter – Full Version (2019)
- Tax Impact of the FLO on the Mad River Valley (2018)
- Destination Marketing: Why and How (2019)
- MRV Economic Study 2014
- Mad River Valley Housing Study Overview (2017)
- Mad River Valley Housing Study (2017) – Full Version
Members of the MRV FLO committee are:
Jared Cadwell, Chair MRV FLO Sub-committee, Chair Fayston Selectboard, Secretary/Treasurer MRVPD
Donald Simonini, Fayston Planning Commission, MRVPD Steering Committee
Peter MacLaren, Chair MRVCC, MRVPD Steering Committee
Darryl Forrest, Waitsfield Selectboard
Jasmine Bigelow, Executive Director MRVCC
Bob Ackland, Vice Chair Warren Selectboard, Chair MRVPD