Downtown Design Plan

The Town of Brattleboro is working on a Downtown Design Plan, which will describe and illustrate the community’s vision for future downtown improvements and projects. This planning process will address:

  • Improving routes, access and circulation for pedestrians and bicyclists;
  • Incorporating green stormwater practices into streets and public spaces;
  • Identifying opportunities for creative placemaking that use arts and cultural activities to enliven and revitalize public spaces; and
  • Enhancing long-term economic stability for downtown businesses.

The Brattleboro Downtown Design Plan project will implement participatory planning techniques – including a pop-up demonstration (the Better Block Challenge in September) and a design charrette (Places for People in October) – to envision and build consensus around future changes to the public spaces and infrastructure in downtown Brattleboro (see study area map).

We are conducting a short survey as part of the Downtown Design Plan. Please take a few minutes to share your impressions of downtown, how you use the public spaces (streets, sidewalks, parks, parking lots) downtown and what improvements you would like to see to those spaces.

Places for People Charrette

The Places for People Charrette will be happening soon with events on October 3, 4, 5 and 9 (download the full schedule). The charrette will be assessing the public spaces in downtown Brattleboro with the goal of answering the questions…

Is this a place for people?
Is it a good public space?
If not, what can we do to make it one?

A charrette is an intensive planning session where community members and design professionals collaborate on a vision for an area. Charrettes are organized to encourage the participation of everyone with an interest in the area. The purpose of the charrette is to give all the participants enough information to make good decisions during the planning process.

Better Block Challenge

The Better Block Challenge was held September 20-22 in downtown. Three pop-up projects were installed to add life to underutilized or unwelcoming downtown spaces. Check back – we will be posting an event photo gallery and summary of comments from those who visited the pop-ups very soon!