Boot Camp for Planning Commissioners
On June 5th and 6th, Planning Commissioners from around the state met at Camp Ohana in Fairlee to attend the first “boot camp” organized by the Land Use Institute of the Vermont Law School and generously sponsored by Robert Miller and REM Development Company. The planners came to learn more about capital budgets, conservation plans, the implications of the JAM Golf Course court decision and much more. While doing push ups on the lawn, Noelle from Smart Growth Vermont also presented a well-attended session titled, “From Density to Design.” Her presentation encouraged commissioners to consider the community benefits of encouraging higher density neighborhoods and the importance of including design details to ensure new structures fit into the existing character of the community. We were also able to sponsor two commissioners thanks to the Argosy Foundation. From the positive response from participants, this is sure to become an annual event.