William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Standish Farm - North Troy, Vermont

Standish Farm - North Troy, Vermont Standish Farm - North Troy, Vermont

The Village of North Troy received state and federal funds to purchase a farm adjacent to the existing village center. Their goals were to provide affordable and elderly housing, to return part of the land to agricultural use, to preserve wildlife habitat, to protect over a mile of shorefront on the Mississquoi River and to provide future public access to and recreational use of the property.

Based on a participatory planning process that included concerned area residents, we developed an overall master plan for the property and a subdivision plan for seven units of single family affordable housing and eight elderly units in duplex buildings. The plan preserved all but five acres of the 116 acre property for agricultural, conservation and recreational uses the plan included playing fields, activity centers, a recreation trail network, sledding areas and common land for residential areas.

After developing the plan with Village Trustees, planning commission and citizen input, the project received local PUD approval from the planning commission after two hearings. We were also successful in coordinating and acquiring Act 250 approval for the project.