The built environment refers to the buildings, public spaces, roadways and all the structures in Town. There are opportunities to make our built environment more healthful, less wasteful, and the type of spaces that endure and are loved. Actions in this section include ways to create a healthier, more resource efficient built environment, from the actual buildings to the constructed environment (roads, water plants, etc.)

Relationship to Existing Plans/Initiatives:

This is most closely linked to the comprehensive plan, with specific initiatives to change development patterns to include both preservation and new construction near existing services. It brings in the use of alternative building materials from Vision 2020 and includes many of the efforts of Town staff and the issues that come to Planning Board.

Aspirational Goals:

  • New buildings will reach net-zero energy and water.
  • Old buildings will be made as energy efficient as practically possible.
  • The built environment will be assessed for functionality and performance to help determine when/if they reach their end of life cycle; if so they will be disassembled and salvaged.
  • Healthy indoor environments would be prioritized
  • Every component of the built environment that makes sense to save will be maintained and reinforced to last as long as possible.
  • The public realm in the Town center will be provided with

Action Items:

B. Update Building Code - #NedZero #BuildingCode

C. LEED Gold Community Center - #NedZero #CommunityCenter

D. Community Dialog - #NedZero #CommunityDialog

E. Energy Efficiency Incentives - #NedZero #EnergyEfficiency

G. GIS Database & Land Use Data - #NedZero #GIS

I. Master Infrastructure Plan - #NedZero #Infrastructure

J. Sustainable Logistics - #NedZero #Logistics

R. Local Resources - #NedZero #LocalResources