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Why this project?

The South End is rapidly growing and changing as we have seen in the last few years, and many more opportunities for development and re-development still exist. It is time to engage in a planning process, complete with significant public engagement, to define a comprehensive vision for this area that allows the community to proactively prepare for the expected continued growth.

planBTV South End will place an emphasis on a community conversation to find ways to promote and improve economic development, quality urban design, affordable and workforce housing, active transportation and parking management, as well as the quality and capacity of our public infrastructure.

Here is more information on the process:

Phase 1 (July 2014 to November 2014)

Phase 1 included two teams of consultants working on existing conditions analyses/studies for the South End. These analyses helped us to understand where are are now, and to inform our community conversations. These teams studied the physical conditions of the South End, as well as the market for a variety of commercial and residential uses. Additionally, through the help of AARP Vermont, the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute was able to conduct additional analyses of the walking and transportation conditions of the South End. All of these reports can be found in their entirety in the Project Library Page under "Studies and Reports."

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. is prepared a series of studies for the project, looking at land use, transportation, stormwater and brownfields. This work was mostly funded and managed by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCPRC).
  • HR&A Advisors prepared a real estate market analysis which looked at a range of commerical and residential uses in the South End.
  • Walkable Livable Communities Institute prepared an assessment and recommendations for the South End.


Phase 2 (September 2014 to June 2015)

This phase is when we HEARD FROM YOU. The second phase launched in September 2014 at the Art Hop and will culminated in the June of 2015 with the release of a draft planBTV: South End Master Plan. To see the full list of activities included in this phase, see the Get Involved Page.

Phase 3 (October 2015- Spring 2016)

The draft planBTV South End Master Plan was released in June 2015 and was available for public comment through October 2015. Since then, the Planning Commission's Long Range Planning Committee has been working to respond to this feedback and recommend changes to the draft plan. It is anticipated that a revised draft plan will be available in spring 2016. To see the work that the Long Range Committee has completed, visit the Project Library Page under "Current Draft Plan Working Documents." 


For questions about this project, please contact Meagan Tuttle at or 802-865-7188.