Friends of Vernon Center invites you to a community meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at 3 PM at the Town Office building, lower level, with Richard Amore, who is Planning & Project Manager, Community Planning + Revitalization, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development. The reason for this visit is to understand and explore the possibility of applying for Vermont Village Center Designation for an area within Vernon.

Two of the projects to come out of the “Community Visit” program held last spring, led by Vermont Council on Rural Development, were (a) the development of an actual village center in Vernon, and (b) the development of a store/café to serve as a community meetup spot and social center for the town. The task forces charged with exploring these two ideas have now merged and formed a non-profit organization, the Friends of Vernon Center, Inc., to continue work. Having a formal organization will help in terms of fund raising and to apply for grants. The group is being chaired by Arthur Miller.

Richard will make a presentation and answer questions about the benefits of a Vermont Village Center Designation, which helps to make available various kinds of funding and other resources for village center development. Vernon would be eligible for this designation, if we choose to pursue it, as long as one more more pieces of town infrastructure (such as the office building and school) are within the designated village center development area. Zoning is not required. Richard will also discuss application requirements. There are 124 designated village centers in Vermont. To learn more about the program click here.

We will also look at maps and tour the area in question. No decisions will be made at this meeting, that’s down the road.

If you plan to attend, please email Martin Langeveld at newsafternewspapers@gmail.com so that we can have an approximate headcount.