Country Club Road Site Property Development
Currently, this project is known as the "Country Club Road Site" project. It has previously been called the "203 Country Club Road Project" or the "Former Elk's Club Property" project. As this project evolves, we welcome name suggestions and feedback!
Current Work and Updates:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can residents access the property now?
Yes, residents and non-residents can access the property on Country Club Road from the parking lot and walk along the former golf cart paths throughout the former golf course. You can also explore the forested parts of the property, although there are no trails and everyone must be mindful of posted property of abutting landowners.
I’ve heard Council has allowed hunting to continue on the property. Is it safe to walk on the property?
Yes, City Council voted to allow the continuation of hunting on the property for the 2022 hunting season. Deer hunting with archery or shotgun are the only permissible mode of hunting. Just like where many State-owned properties are accessible to both hunters and non-hunters for recreational opportunities, individuals are encouraged to wear one or more pieces of brightly colored clothing so all eyes, both human and animals, can easily spot you from afar.
Who has the City hired to facilitate the master planning of the property?
After a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the City selected the proposal submitted by White + Burke Real Estate Advisors, VHB, and Black River Design. White + Burke is the Project Manager and development coordinator while VHB will support the process through site analysis/assessment and creation of conceptual master plan options and Black River Design will conduct a feasibility study of the existing clubhouse.
How is the City engaging residents and ensuring far-reaching input at this stage and over the coming months?
Picking up from where community engagement started in March of 2022, the project team held three separate community engagement sessions in October 2022 to describe the process and listen to residents’ concerns and suggestions. Concurrently, the project team is engaging small stakeholder groups including abutters, City committees & departments, and existing tenants in the former clubhouse. The City is committed to engaging with community members from every walk of life, especially those with historically marginalized voices. The project team and the City welcome anyone to share their thoughts and engage with this project. Additional public engagement sessions are planned for January and Spring of 2023 once the constraints and opportunities are identified. Residents can reach out to Josh Jerome, Community and Economic Development Specialist for the City of Montpelier at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or comments.
Is this site being looked at like a satellite to the downtown?
No, the Country Club Road property is being envisioned in a holistic way as it connects with the rest of the community. The team will be taking into consideration topographical restrictions, transportation, wildlife corridors, how abutting property may be developed in the future, and regional context.
With the known housing crisis, how can we ensure that this site will provide the right product for our community?
As with many communities throughout Vermont and the country, Montpelier has an insufficient inventory of single-family, duplexes, and multi-family properties. As the opportunities and constraints of the site become known and Montpelier’s Housing Committee weighs in, the team will be making recommendations on various types of housing and density for the community to consider.
How can this site model best practices and be developed with energy efficiency at the forefront?
The site has south-by-southwestern-facing slopes making it an ideal location for solar energy production. Ideas being considered include panels on any public or residential structures and arrays that may generate additional energy for the site and beyond.
What has the public said are the major concerns to consider?
So far, the community has indicated great support for the opportunities the former golf course presents. Concerns have typically fallen in juxtaposition to uses i.e. those who favor conservation do not believe any development should happen and those who favor housing as a use believe the site should maximize housing development. Transportation has been identified as a concern because of a lack of public transportation and distance from the downtown (~1.79 miles from the site to City Hall). Other concerns voiced have been around how the site will preserve wetlands and wildlife corridors how much will the City make and how long it will take for the City to realize a return on the $3 million investment.
What has the public said are the most desired use ideas to date?
There has been a lot of feedback given by the community as to what should happen to the property for recreation, housing, conservation, and agriculture. The two prominent uses identified thus far have been housing and recreation.
Will the City build a new recreation center on the newly acquired property?The existing community recreation center located on Barre Street is not adequate for the type of services the community has said they want to have nor is the building fully accessible. Cost estimates to address all of the old buildings’ deferred maintenance and to comply with ADA accessibility requirements would cost upward of $7 million. Other locations in the downtown were looked at as possible sites for a new recreation center, but limiting factors included lot size and flood plain. The City used $1 million from the recreation reserve fund and bonded $2 million to purchase the former golf course to site up a new community recreation center on the property.
Fall 2022 Update: City’s consultant team conducting site due diligence and assisting City in ongoing public input process. Launch of a series of feedback sessions and opportunities in October 2022. Following site due diligence, more public workshops to come (Winter 2023) to discuss site’s opportunities and constraints, then again to discuss concept planning. See consultant memo re: process below. Outreach flyer (link also below) outlines the Fall 2022 opportunities for input. Public input up to September 2022 can be found below as well. This will continue to be updated through this phase.
September 2022 Update: City Council asked for more information from White & Burke regarding their plans for public engagement regarding 203 Country Club master-planning. Please see White & Burke’s additional information memo linked below.
August 2022 Update: The City Council has approved a contractor after a lengthy Request for Proposals (RFP) review, interview, and recommendation process. City Council voted to approve of White & Burke, as the program manager for this project at their August 24th, 2022 Council Meeting. White & Burke will lead the City and the community through a public process to master-plan the 133 acre parcel. Please see White & Burke’s project proposal linked below. The Council also re-reviewed information and asks from the Hub Group at the August 24th, 2022 Council Meeting. Council gave the authority to the City Manager to negotiate a short-term lease with the Hub group for them to rent a portion of the available internal space at the existing building on the 203 Country Club Rd. property. The Hub is interested in offering a restaurant and inside/digital sports to start.
May 2022 Update: Council received an update on the project at their May 25th, 2022 Council Meeting. At this meeting, City Council reviewed and approved a funding plan and RFP to seek a consultant or firm to act as a Project Manager to guide the process of master planning the site for redevelopment opportunities. The Approved Draft of the RFP can be found below in the "Project Background Information and Documents" section. A final draft will be listed on the City’s Bid page when it is out for applications. More public feedback sessions will be scheduled when the consultant/firm have been brought on board. Organizations who are interested in being part of the redevelopment options can reach out to the Community Development Specialist in the City’s Planning office at 802-223-9506.
Project Background Information and Documents
- October Public Engagement Meeting Info
- Montpelier Elks -- Council Update Memo 10.07.22
- Montpelier Elks -- Public Comment Consolidation up to Sept 2022
- 203 Country Club Rd Project_Council Approved RFP Draft 05252022
- CITI Properties-Ribolini Country Club Road Montpelier for Client
- White and Burke_ Project Mgmt Montpelier Elks Club Redevelopment Proposal 07292022
- White and Burke_ Launch and Public Process Update 09092022