Urban RROW

Project Overview

The Resilient Right-of-Ways Project was a USDA Forest Service-funded initiative.  For the urban component of the project, we sought to build greater understanding and capacity at the local level to plan, build, and maintain functional GSI projects in both new development and redevelopment projects with a focus on downtowns and village centers.

VT UCF provided support to 10 Vermont municipalities within the Lake Champlain Basin between 2016 and 2019.  Project partners included Milly Archer, Water Resources Coordinator with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and Landscape Graphic Designer Holly Greenleaf. See the Letter of Collaboration for more information on responsibilities of the partners.

The municipal partners on the project were, in chronological order: Milton, Shelburne, Williston, Burlington, Rutland City, West Rutland, Winooski, Colchester, Essex Junction, and Montpelier. 

Support for each municipality prioritized assessments and strategies that focused on enhancing bylaws, promoting GSI practices, and increasing local capacity to support resilient right-of-ways.  The project team provided customized assistance based on each municipality’s needs, generally focusing on:

  • Assessment of existing bylaws related to landscaping, zoning, and development in downtowns and village centers;
  • Presentation of potential bylaw revision language or interpretation to support GSI to enhance the landscaping function for water quality protection; and
  • Photo simulations of types of GSI projects that could be incentivized through proposed bylaw revisions or that are supported by existing bylaw language. 

Questions?  Contact Elise Schadler at elise.schadler@vermont.gov or 802.522.6015.

This program was offered through funding from a grant from the USDA Forest Service.