FY23 MRVPD Work Plan

(March 2022-February 2023)


The Work Plan is updated annually to reflect changing and ongoing priorities and initiatives.

MRVPD's Work Domains & Strategic Priorities

Housing

Strategic Priority:

Enhance efforts to improve the affordability and efficiency of MRV homes, with particular attention to rentals and lower-income households.

Outcome:

MRV Housing Coalition is well supported & positioned as an independent organization. Selectboards agree on next steps for Short-Term Rentals.

Transportation

Strategic Priority:

Support efforts to increase sustainable and active transportation options, safety, and improvements.

Outcome:

GMT bus serves residents and visitors, and increases ridership. Implement 2 active transportation initiatives.

Rural Resources

Strategic Priority:

Identify, promote & safeguard the Valley’s historic and cultural heritage.

Outcome:

Increase community awareness of and

participation in rural heritage. Promote & safeguard rural resources for the next generation.

Data

Strategic Priority:

Play a leading role in helping the region to achieve greater equity and informed data-driven decision-making.

Outcome:

Increase community-wide data literacy, access & usability of data. Wellbeing Survey respondents accurately represents MRV.

Placemaking

Strategic Priority:

Focus on wayfinding, placemaking, and establishing a consistent identity for the MRV.

Outcome:

Create a consistent, unified Valley identity highlighting vibrant 4-season gathering spaces.

Land Use

Strategic Priority:

Encourage development and preservation consistent with Smart Growth principles (mixed land use, range of housing options, preservation of open space, walkable communities, strong sense of place).

Outcome:

Villages reflect Smart Growth principles, especially in the Irasville Growth Center.

Recreation

Strategic Priority:

Enhance the Valley’s year-round recreational opportunities to bolster the four-season recreation economy.

Outcome:

Continue implementing a coherent Valley-wide network of trails & stewardship that diversifies the traditional resort economy.

Sugarbush

Strategic Priority:

Balance ecological health with recreation, development and human impacts.

Outcome:

Support the development of more affordable workforce housing in the Valley to serve Sugarbush.

Environment/Climate

Strategic Priority:

Help the region reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the physical, environmental, and social impacts of climate change and natural hazards.

Outcome:

Ensure measurable progress is made towards climate resilience & mitigation.

Economic Vitality

Strategic Priority:

Promote and maintain a diverse economy that supports existing businesses and attracts new ones.

Outcome:

Diversified, thriving MRV economy post-pandemic, reflected in our annual Data Report.

Municipal Support

Strategic Priority:

Partner with our towns to promote regional collaboration, enhance effectiveness, and increase efficiency.

Outcome:

Three member towns are empowered to make the best planning & development decisions for the Mad River Valley.

Activities & Tasks

Housing

  • MRVHC (Organizational Support)
  • Implementation
    • Research and propose options for municipalities to manage Short-Term Rentals
    • Development support for housing projects
    • Support towns Land Use Development Regulations re: Housing

Transportation

  • MRV TAC (Meeting facilitation, outreach, membership growth, minutes, admin)
    • Support and guide GMT's MRV seasonal bus service
    • Provide technical support for member-led initiatives (e.g. pedestrian safety, articles)
  • Implement 4 pedestrian safety transportation projects to increase sustainable, safe, accessible transportation options (2 in Warren, 2 in Waitsfield)
  • Install/analyze pedestrian counters
  • Assist VTrans & Town of Waitsfield with VT 17/100 Project
  • Explore partnerships and funding mechanisms to support town transportation needs.

Rural Resources

  • Reconstitute the MRV Rural Resources Commission
    • Identify & share funding opportunities for historic preservation (ex. CLG Grant)
  • Administer CLG Grant
    • Boyce Hill Town Forest Project
  • Create educational material tied to rural heritage

Data

  • Launch & communicate MRV Community Dashboard
  • Repeat Community Wellbeing Survey with goal of increased respondent diversity
  • Annual data report, communication & incorporation
  • Maintain/communicate Trails Data layer

Placemaking

  • Identify, share & support towns with funding opportunities (Better Places, Downtown Transportation Fund, etc.)
  • Creative Winter Placemaking project for 22-23
  • Activate 1 public gathering space in 2022 (e.g.: Warren Green)
  • Byway Signage Upgrade

Land Use

  • Support Waitsfield with the Irasville Growth Plan

Recreation

  • Support MRVRD as VOREC project manager
  • Disseminate trail mapping efforts
  • Support Valley-Wide Recreation Collaboration
    • MRV Trails Collaborative
    • stewardMRV

Sugarbush

  • Provide project review; proposed 2023 projects include employee housing village, snowmaking weir
  • MOU Revisions
  • Integrate Sugarbush data into Dashboard

Environment/Climate

  • Support/Co-host Climate Talks with Friends of the Mad River

Economic Vitality

  • Grant Support
  • Data Sharing
  • Collaboration

Municipal Support

  • Attend municipal meetings as appropriate
  • Zoning Administrator regular meetings & support
  • Support towns with ARPA funding
  • Tri-Town Leadership Meeting

Other

  • MRVPD Steering Committee meetings
  • Workshops/Conferences/Continuing Education
  • Communications
  • Office Admin

Guiding Approaches

Interdisciplinary practice

Bio-regional perspective and impact

Data and research

Convening

Communication

Achieving results

Partnerships and collaboration

Civic Engagement

Innovation and creativity

Advocacy