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Greater Greensboro Community Action Plan to Be Developed on October 2nd

The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold an action plan building session in the Greater Greensboro process on October 2nd; all community members are welcome to help line up action plans to move priority projects forward.

On August 22nd over 80 Greensboro community members came together to set core priorities for future action in town. They reviewed 20 ideas that were gathered from focus forums in July with residents at the Greater Greensboro Community Visit Day, and chose priorities designed to strengthen the vitality and prosperity for the future of Greensboro. At the end of the session, participants signed up as volunteers to advance these new initiatives.

On October 2nd, these new task forces will meet at the Lakeview Union School to frame out action plans and work with a resource team of federal, state, business, and non-profit leaders to identify next steps and resources that can help them succeed. The new task force groups will work to:

  • Build Community Wastewater Infrastructure
  • Improve Community Walkability and Bike-ability
  • Address Water Quality and Lake Protection
  • Improve Broadband and Cell Service

All members of the Greensboro community are invited to participate:

October 2nd from 6:30 – 9:00pm
Lakeview Union School

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing rural Vermont communities.

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Here’s more about the four priorities identified for action:

Build Community Wastewater Infrastructure

Greensboro lacks the wastewater infrastructure needed for new businesses and homes in the village centers, and many residents believe that developing this infrastructure will be essential to a sustainable economic future. A group could come together to develop a plan for a new wastewater treatment system for the villages of Greensboro, potentially including at least part of the lake. The task force could work with regional, state, and federal partners to survey current needs, evaluate what is needed water quality for desired growth in village centers, identify funding sources, and work with the Selectboard to design and implement Greensboro wastewater solutions.

Improve Community Walkability and Bike-ability   

A task force could form to develop community paths and walkways in Greensboro. The group could identify, plan, and build a network of walking and biking paths throughout the community and build a connecting trail between the Bend and the Village as well as around the Lake and along rivers and brooks in town. The group could also work with the Town to build and improve sidewalks, install bike lanes on key roads, and improve traffic flow and safety to make the Village and Bend more walkable, safe, and inviting for residents and visitors. The task force could also work with regional and state organizations to complete the section of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail that could bring visitors to the Bend and provide recreation opportunities for local residents.

Address Water Quality and Lake Protection

Many residents believe that Greensboro could become a model community for water and lake quality. To do this, Greensboro residents could form a committee that would focus on education, monitoring, enforcement, and innovation to encourage best practices by property owners and ensure the current and future water quality in Caspian Lake and other bodies of water in town.  

Improve Broadband and Cell Service

A task force could form to improve cell and broadband service in Greensboro by collecting data on existing coverage, connecting with resources and providers to explore possibilities, and accessing funding and support to improve connection. The group could connect with and learn from other communities that have improved services such as Craftsbury and avail state and federal services and supports to expand coverage for the community.