Town seeks input on Brownsville master plan


Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 06-13-2024 6:00 PM

WEST WINDSOR — The town, in partnership with the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission, will host a “community conversation” Saturday morning to gather input from residents on a master plan for revitalizing the village of Brownsville.

Saturday’s public forum is an early step in a planning process funded by a $67,500 grant from Vermont’s Better Connections program, with a $7,500 match from the town. The program helps communities plan for growth by paying for consulting on transportation, land use and economic vitality in town and village centers.

West Windsor’s project, called “Brownsville: Between the Bridges and Beyond,” focuses on improving alternatives to driving around and between the village and “the mountain,” which is a residential neighborhood and recreational area on the site of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort.

Two years after the ski resort went bankrupt and closed in 2010, the town purchased the resort’s sewer system, later expanding it. The expansion “opened up opportunities for additional housing and economic development,” particularly in the village, Mount Ascutney Regional Commission Planner Martha Harrison said Wednesday.

On Saturday, the project’s consultants will want to know “what community members think works well in Brownsville, and what can be challenging,” Harrison said.

The engineering firm DuBois & King, which has offices throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, will develop a master plan with project assistance from the regional commission.

Saturday’s community conversation will take place at 10 a.m. at Story Memorial Hall in Brownsville and on Zoom. There will also be another conversation with community members and business owners on Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Story Memorial Hall and on Zoom. The Zoom links for both meetings are on the community events calendar on West Windsor’s website,

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