Hartford Agriculture Plan

Town of Hartford, NY - 2012
Brandy Saxton prepared an Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan for the Town of Hartford. The planning process included a survey of farmers and farmland owners, and a series of community workshops exploring opportunities for farm-based economic development. The resulting plan incorporates a series of SWOT analyses followed by recommended strategies related to agri-tourism, direct marketing, dairy, meat processing, forestry, land use and land base.

Elizabethtown Active Living Strategy

Essex County Public Health Department - 2012
Brandy Saxton worked with the Essex County Public Health Department and the Town of Elizabethtown to identify existing assets, opportunities, and possible constraints for pedestrian and bicycle road and multi-use paths/trails within the town. An Active Living Strategy was drafted to guide planning, development, and operations of existing and future pedestrian, bicycle and multi-use and multi-modal transportation infrastructure in Elizabethtown. The strategy included a detailed inventory of downtown sidewalks and crosswalks, as well as updated information on the miles of trails on public property in Elizabethtown. It also included recommendations for improving or extending sidewalks, using town land for recreation, installing signs to increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, and providing designated parking areas to increase recreational access to town land.

Fairfax Capital Improvement Program

Town of Fairfax, VT - 2012
Brandy Saxton updated Fairfax's Capital Improvement Program, which included a a one-­year capital budget for the current fiscal year and a five-­year capital program for subsequent years, as well as the associated Impact Fee Ordinance.

Elm Street Design

North Country Healthy Heart Network - 2012
Brandy Saxton prepared a conceptual design for the section of Elm Street from Constable Street to Raymond Street in the Village of Malone, NY as part of the Malone Complete Streets Partnership's Pedestrian Improvement Plan. This design is intended to illustrate the type of streetscape improvements would contribute to making a Malone a more 'healthy place' where people can safely travel on foot or bicycle.

Benson Facilities Plan

Town of Benson, VT - 2012
Brandy Saxton assisted the Town of Benson to assess its long-term need for highway department and fire department facilities. Both departments were operating from facilities that were at capacity and/or did not adequately meet their needs. This project evaluated the existing condition of Benson's highway and fire department facilities, identified the departments' long-term facility needs, explored feasible options for meeting those needs, and sough public input on options being considered.

Hartford Growth Center

Town of Hartford, VT - 2010
Brandy Saxton assisted the Town of Hartford planning staff with preparation of their successfully 2010 application for state Growth Center designation. The project included detailed build-out analysis of future development potential and projections of future housing and job growth over the 20-year planning period.

Colchester Growth Center

Town of Colchester, VT - 2009
Brandy Saxton, in partnership with Crane Associates, assisted the Town of Colchester in seeking state Growth Center designation for Severance Corners Brandy Saxton was responsible for many components of the application including preparing the required build-out analysis, GIS mapping, and summarizing relevant passages of the town plan and regulations, in addition to editing the narrative and preparing application documents.

West Lakeshore Drive Plan

Town of Colchester, VT - 2008
Brandy Saxton collaborated with Edge Effects Design during 2007-08 on a visioning and redevelopment plan for the West Lakeshore Drive corridor along Lake Champlain’s Malletts Bay. The resulting West Lakeshore Drive Conceptual Development Plan illustrates a potential village-style development pattern for the study area including a proposed bypass and enhanced recreation amenities along the shoreline.

Waitsfield Growth Center

Town of Waitsfield, VT - 2008
Brandy Saxton worked with town staff and officials to prepare a growth center application for Irasville and Waitsfield Village. A build-out analysis of the proposed growth center was completed and growth projections were updated. Submission of the final application was put on hold while the town worked on issues related to providing infrastructure within the proposed growth center.

Vermont Growth Center Manual

VT Department of Housing and Community Affairs - 2006
Brandy Saxton, in partnership with Kathleen Ryan - Landscape Architect, prepared the Vermont Growth Center Planning Manual, along with other materials to assist start-up of the New Town Center and Growth Center programs. The consultant developed the application materials for Growth Center designation, and outlined the structure and criteria for reviewing applications. The manual illustrates best planning and development practices that meet the program’s smart growth goals.

Essex County Emergency GIS

Technical Assistance Center at SUNY Plattsburgh - 2006
Brandy Saxton developed a GIS database consisting of more than 50 data layers to be used by the Essex County Emergency Services Department. The goal of the project was to coordinate and create the GIS layers needed to make current, accurate emergency response information available to the county’s Emergency Services staff for emergency management planning and response. The resulting GIS database supplemented the county’s 911 system, providing a wide range of information to dispatchers and first responders.

Benson Recreation Plan

Town of Benson, VT - 2008
Brandy Saxton worked with the Benson Recreation Committee to develop a Village Center Recreation Plan. The planning process began with surveys of Benson households and students. Conceptual site plans were developed for enhanced recreation facilities at the Village School and Town Office properties. The potential for a walking trail between the school and town office was explored. Costs and potential funding sources were identified.

Ticonderoga Downtown Inventory

Ticonderoga Destination Development Committee
(Essex County Visitors Bureau) - 2007

PlaceSense developed a database of property information as part of Ticonderoga’s downtown revitalization efforts. The data is available online and allows users to explore downtown development opportunities. The website was built using Flash to create a basic map of downtown property with links from each parcel to a detailed property report and photographs.

Northwest Vermont Project

VT Agency of Transportation - 2007
Brandy Saxton prepared the final report for the Northwest Vermont project, which was a multi-year collaborative effort to study growth and development in northwestern Vermont as it related to the region’s transportation infrastructure. The efforts of the five participating regional planning commissions were summarized and eight planning tools developed in response to identified needs. In addition to the final written report, Brandy Saxton developed a website and a series of PowerPoint presentations summarizing the project and showcasing the planning tools.

Lake Dunmore Planning Study

Towns of Salisbury and Leicester, VT - 2005
Brandy Saxton coordinated this multi-disciplinary project after working with the two towns to develop the project and successfully obtain grant funding to support it. This study documented development trends around the lakes, analyzed impacts on the transportation system, emergency services, recreation, water quality and the environment, and recommended strategies to guide change in the lakeshore community. Brandy Saxton led a team of consultants, each focused on a specific component of the project, and working with a steering committee, developed a series of recommendations to be included in the final report. Project begun while with ACRPC and completed as private consultant.

Orwell Trail Feasibility Study

Town of Orwell, VT - 2003
The Town of Orwell, Vermont wanted to develop a trail that would link its elementary school to the town’s recreation fields. A busy state highway with limited shoulders and no sidewalks that was too dangerous for unaccompanied children to walk along was the only existing connection. A large farm field between the two locations offered another potential corridor, but the site was difficult due to a steep hillside and wetlands. The study assessed the opportunities and constraints on five alternative alignments. Ms. Saxton worked on all phases of this project from writing the grant that provided funding to drafting an easement between the school and the property owner. She continued to assist the community in seeking grants to fund implementation of the proposed trail. Project completed while with ACRPC.

Essex County Empire Zone

Essex County Empire Zone - 2006
Brandy Saxton aided the Essex County, New York Empire Zone Board with preparing a new Development Plan in response to significant changes to the state legislation that authorized this economic development program. Seven distinct ‘sub-zones’ were delineated throughout the county. Brandy Saxton prepared the GIS maps and associated property information required for the designation process.

Adirondack Housing Maps

Adirondack Community Housing Trust - 2007
PlaceSense prepared a demographic analysis of renting households residing in the Adirondack Park and presented the results on a series of maps to be used for ACHT’s education, outreach, grantwriting and fund-raising efforts.

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