Town of Lewis, NY - 2014
Brandy Saxton worked with the Town of Lewis to successfully prepare and adopt the community's first Comprehensive Plan. The 2-year process first engaged residents in an assessment of the town's current condition and then in a process to identify and prioritize goals and strategies. The project was supported Adirondack Smart Growth Grant and was coordinated with a Complete Streets planning project overseen by the Essex County Department of Health's Creating Healthy Places program.
Town of Lewis, NY - 2014
City of Lebanon, NH - 2012
Brandy Saxton assisted City of Lebanon planning staff with final revisions to the city's Master Plan. The project included re-structuring and organizing plan, ensuring the consistency of the core ideas and themes that run throughout the plan, and creating a visually interesting and easy-to-read document.
Town of Norwich, VT - 2011
Brandy Saxton assisted the Town of Norwich with a multi-year update to its town plan. This project included facilitating a series of community workshops exploring future development patterns, identifying issues and challenges facing the town, and drafting goals and objectives towards a sustainable future.
Town of Hartford, NY - 2010
Brandy Saxton worked with the Hartford Comprehensive Plan Committee to revise the plan for this agricultural town in Washington County. A public opinion survey was distributed to all households and a series of planning workshops were held to gather public input. During the first workshop, participants drafted a vision statement that guided creation of the plan, which focuses on protection of farmland and rural character while seeking opportunities for business development.
Town of New Haven, VT - 2010
Brandy Saxton assisted the New Haven Planning Commission with an update to their town plan. The project focused on the future land use plan, particularly along the Route 7 highway corridor. This followed up on public outreach and meetings, facilitated by Brandy Saxton, in the fall of 2008 that examined Route 7 and led to recommended changes in the town’s approach to land use planning and regulation in the corridor. The town plan revisions also reconsider New Haven’s approach to regulating its rural lands to discourage further strip development along road frontage and encourage clustered development to preserve open space and rural character.
Town of Waitsfield, VT - 2010
Brandy Saxton worked with the Waitsfield Planning Commission on an update to the Town Plan. The project included a public opinion survey that was distributed by mail town-wide. Respondents had an opportunity to respond either online or by completing the paper form. More than 200 residents and property owners participated, many offering detailed comments on the important issues facing the community. Based on this input, the Planning Commission reviewed the plan goals, policies and recommended actions, and drafted a prioritized strategy to guide the town's efforts to implement the plan.
Town of Starksboro, VT - 2009
Brandy Saxton assisted the Starksboro Planning Commission and Conservation Commission with an update to the town plan. The town focused considerable effort on revising the future land use section of that plan in advance of a project to update its zoning and subdivision regulations. Brandy Saxton worked with the Planning Commission to develop a series of three surveys that were distributed monthly in the town’s newsletter. That effort was followed by a planning workshop to gather further input during the planning process. Based on the considerable input received, Brandy Saxton worked with the Planning Commission to revise the plan.
Town of Fairfield, VT - 2009
PlaceSense prepared an update to the Fairfield Town Plan, integrating the town's growth management program with the plan. A public workshop was held at the start of the project where participants were asked to consider various growth scenarios for the town over the next decade.The overall consensus was for Fairfield to maintain a very slow rate of growth with development focused within the town's existing village centers and areas close to the interstate and employment in neighboring St. Albans. After hearing from residents and analyzing population trends in the region, the Planning Commission decided to recommend a reduction in the number of permits issued annually for new, non-farm residences in Fairfield.
Town of St. George, VT - 2007
Brandy Saxton worked with the St. George Planning Commission on a major revision to their Town Plan. Thirty years ago when the town last experienced rapid growth, St. George prepared an innovative and farsighted plan for building a village in a town that never had a center. While land was acquired for this purpose, the project never materialized. This revised town plan revisits the idea of a town center and sets forth a vision for how St. George should accommodate the next wave of development headed for the community.
Town of Orwell, VT - 2007
Brandy Saxton updated the Orwell Town Plan in coordination with the Planning Commission to reflect the public input received when the town explored changes to its zoning districts and densities, and asked residents about their vision for the town’s future. The revision resulted in plan that fully supports the drafted land use regulations.
Town of Ticonderoga, NY - 2006
Brandy Saxton facilitated a two-year planning process with an ad hoc committee resulting in a Comprehensive Plan focused on revitalizing the town’s hamlet, supporting tourism efforts and promoting the town’s role as a regional center. The plan sets forth a strategy for working with the Adirondack Park Agency on an Approved Land Use Plan for the town.