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Lamoille County Planning Commission

 

Green Mountain Byway

A Vision for the Green Mountain Byway

The establishment of a Vermont Byway following Route 100 represents a significant resource management, cultural heritage, and economic development initiative for this area of Vermont. According to State and National Byway Programs, the road must exhibit at least one of the six intrinsic categories in order to be considered a byway. These categories include historic, archaeological, cultural, natural, scenic, and recreational. Each of these intrinsic qualities is represented along the Route 100 corridor. Please visit our website at www.greenmountainbyway.com for more information, pictures, an interactive web map, and abundant information about this corridor!

The vision for this Byway is centered on a balance between the preservation and conservation of valued scenic and cultural resources in concert with the community’s social and economic well-being.This corridor represents quintessential Vermont due to its combination of landscape, legacy, and sense of community in two historic towns where people live, learn, work, recreate, and enjoy a high quality of life. This quality is not necessarily defined in material wealth, but in the wealth that is represented in the families, neighbors, villages, and natural beauty that are so distinctly appreciated and so directly incorporated into the local identity. This sense of place is shared by both residents and visitors. The Route 100 corridor in Waterbury and Stowe also represents one of the state’s premier destinations, drawing visitors from all over the world. In order to maintain the balance so envisioned, and to sustain the unique synergy created by the unity of people and place, a series of precepts or themes, have been articulated. These underlying themes for the Byway Vision have evolved from the work of the Nominating Committee as well as those who have participated in the Byway workshops and field trips.

Green Mountain ByWay: Interpretive Panels Provide Drive-By History - abc 22 News Video Clip.

The Green Mountain Byway stretches from Route 100 in southernmost Waterbury to the northern border of Stowe. It received Scenic Byway status in 2009. Several communities are now working together to expand the Byway further into Lamoille County.

What is a "Byway"?

Inspired and informed by the efforts of tourism pioneers and Americans penchant for history, travel, and recreation, the U.S. Congress created the National Scenic Byways Program in 1991, funded under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), to help “identify, designate, and promote scenic byways and to protect and enhance the recreational, scenic, historic and cultural qualities of the areas through which these byways pass.” Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has designated 125 roads and funded 2,451 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The National Byways program gives states freedom to define their own ways of participating in the national effort, and Vermont has tailored a byways program that meets the needs and circumstances unique to its New England character.

Established through the Scenery Preservation Council, the Vermont Byways Program addresses the state’s need “to make transportation investments to strengthen the economy while also managing and protecting community character.” The State program establishes a process to integrate “growth management, economic development, and transportation investments,” and creates a framework for different interest groups to reach corridor-wide strategies that balance their diverse issues. As stated in the Introduction of the Vermont Byways Program Manual, roads in Vermont “play an integral role in the state’s economy, its heritage, its character and in the everyday lives of citizens, but they represent a challenging public asset to manage, given that roads must serve the needs of a broad and diverse set of users.” Thus, the Vermont Byways Program seeks to meet the needs of all users that exist along a roadway, while still maintaining the valuable resources that make Vermont such a vibrant and unique place to live. It is important to note that the development of a Byway is not intended to affect or influence regulatory review processes. As stated in the Byway Manual, the byway is part of a non-regulatory program that creates no new permit processes. A byway may not impinge on or impact private properties or activities. Designation of a Byway means that the Byway community will have access to Federal funds for preservation, programming, management and enhancements, and that is one goal of this effort. It also provides the constituents of the community and the region with an opportunity to create partnerships and initiatives, which facilitate the long-term management and development of the corridor in a manner that is consistent with their vision and goals.