The Town of Middlesex needed a variety of upgrades with respect to its town planning capabilities. With a state municipal planning grant the town hired Crane Associates to complete three of the more urgent tasks. The town’s paper tax parcel maps were converted into electronic format. This allowed all tax parcels on the grand list to be mapped, which greatly expanded the town’s land use planning capacity. Crane Associates also wrote a new recreation element to the town plan. This involved focus group sessions, recreation surveys, and field visits. The final task was to update the town plan so that it is compatible with new Vermont planning statutes. The Town of Middlesex is now positioned to advance a multitude of planning initiatives.