This piece from the NYT caught my eye. Lewisburg is similar in some ways, although bigger. Kelly township is already up and running as sprawl-driven growth. The whole county, Union, is involved in a planning process, called cultivating community. There are some draft plans on the website. How effectively can it redirect te built in infrastructure and private development?
The great quote here is the professor: “a synthesis of academics and civics.”
Maybe Bucknell has faculty or classes who could engage in similar research? Does the county need or want such help?
Vermont Town Turns to College in Bid to Guide Change – NYTimes.com
Starksboro asked students from nearby Middlebury College to spend the semester interviewing its residents to document what they value most about the place. It intends to use their thoughts to influence decisions about its future.
In particular, officials here are counting on the project to help steer a revision of the town plan next year, a process that often leads to zoning-change proposals that incite bitter debate.
“The key is to project beyond immediate controversies over applications for subdivisions and to say, ‘Let’s envision the future that we would love to have,’ ” said Prof. John Elder of Middlebury, “at which point there is considerable agreement.”
The students are in a class called Portrait of a Vermont Town, which Professor Elder, who teaches it, described as a rare synthesis of academics and civics.