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.
The Planning Commission is cancelling the special meeting planned for 02/20/24. Work on the proposed Bylaw amendments will continue at the regular Planning Commission meeting on 03.11.24.
The Planning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday February 20 at 7:00 pm at the Old First Church Barn. The meeting will also be accessible on Zoom. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare final documents regarding proposed Zoning Bylaw changes for a Public Hearing. See agenda in Agendas, Minutes, Notices tab.
The Trustees will meet on Tuesday March 5 at 7:00 pm at the Old First Church Barn. The meeting will also be accessible on Zoom. See the Agendas, Minutes, Notices tab for the agenda and instructions on how to access the meeting on Zoom.
See the Agendas, Minutes, Notices tab for the Treasurers Report for January 31, 2024.
The Treasurer has prepared an "Update on Our Village Roads" discussing required repairs and maintenance of our village roads as well as options for funding the work including new taxes, grants, borrowings, or some combination of three. In order to make informed decisions at future meetings, we urge all residents to read the report. See the Other Documents tab for the report.
On June 5, Governor Scott signed the Vermont HOME Act, which makes significant changes to municipal planning and zoning regulations. Over the next few months, the Planning Commission will be evaluating the impact of the Act on the Village. See the Other Documents tab a summary of the HOME Act provisions.