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Smart Growth Vermont Presentations Address Preservation of Scenic Road Corridors

In October, Smart Growth Vermont staff participated in two conference panels addressing preservation of scenic road corridors. Executive Director, Noelle MacKay gave a presentation at the Community Matters conference on The Roadscape Guide, which helps communities preserve viewsheds and scenic gateways along road corridors. Together with Brad Cownover, Director of Scenic America, she outlined methodologies […]

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Smart Growth Vermont's 2008 Legislative Agenda

While the legislative session does not begin until January, work has already begun on many issues in which Smart Growth Vermont is actively involved. We urge you to get involved in these important issues: Increasing the Downtown Tax Credits: Working closely with our legislative partner, Preservation Trust of Vermont, we will continue advocating for an […]

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Williston Receives First Growth Center Designation

On October 22, 2007, the expanded Downtown Development Board approved the first Growth Center Designation in Williston. This represents a milestone for Vermont, but one that raises some concerns. Smart Growth Vermont commends Lee Nellis, Williston’s Town Planner, and the Planning Commission for reaching out to the community and various non-profit organizations in developing the […]

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Show Your Support for Vermont's Downtown Tax Credit Program

Please sign our letter asking State leaders to increase tax incentives that support the redevelopment of older and historic downtown properties. During the legislative session, Smart Growth Vermont and other stakeholders will encourage legislators to make these incentives more widely available to communities throughout Vermont. Please show your support by signing the letter now.

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VNRC’s Wal-Mart Work Continues in Earnest

November 2007 VNRC continues to advance a successful campaign to hold Wal-Mart and other “big box” stores accountable to the people and places where they propose to do business in Vermont. Together with project partners, VNRC is working to modify or stop proposals for mega-stores in Vermont that are poorly sited, out of scale and […]

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Burlington Enters Cyberspace

Vermont’s largest city is kicking off a new initiative to create a virtual Burlington in cyberspace. With support from internet giant Google and Green Mountain GeoGraphics of Essex Junction, the city is assembling a volunteer “Community Modeling Team” to create computer models of buildings in Burlington’s downtown. The building models will be loaded into Google […]

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State Commission Releases Final Climate Change Report

The Climate Change Commission, established two years ago to evaluate how Vermont can reduce its contribution to global warming delivered its final report Friday, October 26th, calling for greater energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The findings of the report highlight the close relationship between land use, energy and global warming. The Commission noted that, […]

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Americans See Value in Public Transportation

According to the 2007 Growth and Transportation Survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, Americans are increasingly concerned with the relationship between development and climate change. A high percentage of the 1,000 Americans polled would rather see tax dollars spent on increasing public transportation and developing more walkable communities, over the construction of new […]

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Senior Housing Project Completed Ahead of Schedule

The new West River Senior Housing development in Townshend, VT will be ready to house residents by Thanksgiving, thanks to the hard work put forth by many individuals and programs, including Housing Vermont. The project broke ground last October and has been completed ahead of schedule and on budget. The land on which the development […]

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Total Walmart Square Footage Dwarfs Island of Manhattan

Most people know that Walmart is called a “big box” store for a reason – their stores occupy huge tracts of land. But how big is “big”? A graph produced by Good Magazine shows the total acreage consumed by several large retailers, with WalMart carrying the largest footprint. The graph also shows Mcdonalds, 7-Eleven, Blockbuster […]

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