- Opportunities For
RRPC programs lay the foundation for others to build upon. Like calcium to growing bones, the results of our planning work take longer to show up and are often layered with other essential components to form healthy, well-functioning rural and urban systems.
• Town and regional planning that enables and promotes economically stimulating land use and community design.
• Well-designed and attractive communities support the state’s largest industry: tourism.
• ERAF assistance – because saving money is economic development.
• Transportation planning that spurs private investment in commercial and residential development. Complete Streets is one common and well-documented approach.
• Energy Planning.
An example of this work in practice is the RRPC Brownfields Reuse Program. A property with questionable history often sits unused or underused and often is seen as blight in the eyes of the community. RRPC collaborates with property owners and developers to answer potential site contamination questions and understand redevelopment potential. Then, organizations such as Rutland Economic Development Corporation and the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce can work with the property owners, developers, and entrepreneurs to bring new business into that location. It can take several years of work to culminate, but when it does, blight is removed, the tax base increases and the property’s value increases. The community wins, the municipality wins, and the property owner wins.