Plan Forward: Why Plan?

Plan Forward will set goals for the County based on feedback from people who live, work and play here.

Counties are well positioned to intimately understand the needs and characters of the dierent municipalities within them, as well as, understand the relationships between those municipalities and the larger systems that impact and shape them. As such, the tools the county uses to shape the landscape and the lives of the people within it are dierent from those of towns or villages.

For example, while counties do not have zoning or subdivision authority, they do oversee an extensive roadway network and parks network, provide important health services, manage community development grant funds, and have robust planning sta and resources that can be shared with municipalities. Plan Forward will investigate traditional and innovative county-level tools and strategies to address inter-municipal issues with respect to themes listed below.

People Icon People

  • Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Tourism and Recreation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Government Efficiency

Environment Icon Environment

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Supply & Conservation
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Parks, Trails, and Open Space
  • Water quality

Places Icon Places

  • Broadband
  • Community Livability
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Health
  • Resiliency
  • Transportation
  • Farmland and Open Space Protection
  • Historic Preservation

Ultimately the plan will outline a shared community vision. The vision will be accompanied by goals, strategies, and actions that will help guide future decision-making, capital investments, and programmatic initiatives for the County.

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