The trustees have received the Old Bennington Roadway Assessment Report prepared by MSK Engineering and Design and Milone & MacBroom. The report is quite long and detailed so we have also prepared an introduction to the report summarizing its findings and presenting some of our preliminary thoughts about the report. You can find both the introduction and the report in the Other Documents Section. We look forward to hearing your comments on the report at future trustees meetings.
The Trustees will meet at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 3 at the Old First Church Barn. See the Agendas, Minutes, Notices section for the agenda.
The Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 12 at the Old First Church Barn to (a) hold its regular meeting and (b) to hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaws and Subdivision Regulations. See the Agendas, Minutes, Notices section for the Warning for the regular meeting and the Notice for the public hearing (please note that the regular meeting has been rescheduled from December 9 to December 12). See the Other Documents section for the text of the proposed changes to the Subdivision Regulations.
Government in Bennington. The Village of Old Bennington represents the original center of Bennington. Samuel Robinson and a band of religious separatists from Connecticut and Massachusetts founded it in 1761. During the past 256 years the focus of industrial, commercial and residential development has shifted to the valley below and Old Bennington has become a small, incorporated Village within the Town of Bennington. Its character has become a historical single family residential community.
Old Bennington is situated on a height of land approximately one-half mile west of the center of the Town of Bennington, which lies in the Walloomsac River valley below. Looming over the Village to the southwest is Mount Anthony. A ridge called Monument Hill elevates the northern third of the Village, but along the eastern edge of the Village the land falls sharply away in a steep slope toward the river below. The remainder of the Village is fairly level. Many large, well-spaced houses are surrounded with lawns and gardens. We still enjoy the luxury of some open land with beautiful vistas.