The purpose of a town conservation plan is to:

  1. document goals, inventories, and ‘clear written community standards’ for conservation elements in Middlebury to strengthen the role of Town Plan in Act 250 and PUC reviews;

  2. identify criteria to prioritize the allocation of resources for land conservation and stewardship, including applications of Town Conservation Fund;

  3. provide guidance to land owners on incentives and opportunities for pursuing conservation easements on parcels or portions of private lands;

  4. identify preferred areas of development and connect environmental impact assessments at specific sites to town-wide and landscape-level conservation goals;

  5. foster communication and engagement across town commissions and committees, staff, stakeholders, and general public about town conservation goals and resources.