Middlebury forges ahead with improvements, undeterred by pandemic

The town of Middlebury has stayed busy.

Pandemic or not, the town has gotten a lot done in 2020, and it stands poised to accelerate that momentum in 2021 and beyond.

“Strategic planning is a forever process,” said John McKee, president of the Friends of the Middlebury Park who participated in community meetings that led to the adoption of an updated Middlebury comprehensive plan.

Those meetings, by the way, were forced into the digital realm as the coronavirus spread through the community and in-person gatherings were replaced by Zoom video conferencing.

At 67 pages, the Middlebury 2030 plan is a comprehensive  document that organizes actions around six focus areas (read the full plan here):

  • Town Center
  • Land use and development
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Parks, trails and community enhancements
  • Marketing and communications
  • Education

Here’s more on the Middlebury 2030 plan in The Elkhart Truth and Goshen News.

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in Middlebury continues to receive improvements in 2020.

But even in the short term, Middlebury is getting plenty done.

Projects that are either finishing up or in the works within the next few months:

  • New trailhead for the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail off West Spring Street in downtown.
  • New restrooms at Krider World’s Fair Gardens.
  • Expanded fiber-optic network, bringing the promise of improved Internet connectivity.

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