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Buckley Appointed to Downtown Board as Smart Growth Rep

Katie Buckley, town administrator for Guilford, was recently appointed to Vermont’s Downtown Development Board. This board oversees the state designation programs – including downtown development districts, village centers and growth centers – that have been an essential part of channeling growth and investment into villages and downtowns. Nominated by VNRC and the Preservation Trust of […]

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Leriche: Housing Solutions Not So Simple

The Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development Lucy Leriche recently penned a commentary in the Burlington Free Press that looks at the impact – or lack of impact – of state and local regulations on housing. She writes, “Getting regulation right means striking a healthy balance between development, environmental quality and economic […]

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Burlington Town Center Supports Smart Growth

By Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director, VNRC The Vermont Natural Resources Council is a statewide environmental organization founded over 50 years ago that has always cared deeply about building strong human communities. We want places where we can we live and thrive, and VNRC works to accommodate change in ways that respect our environment […]

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Elisabeth Kulas, Head of Housing Trust of Rutland County, to Receive 2016 Arthur Gibb Award

Elisabeth Kulas, the executive director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County, will be recognized next week for promoting smart growth, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and strong communities through the development of affordable housing. Kulas, of Clarendon, will receive the Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the Vermont Natural Resources Council at VNRC’s annual […]

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AVCC Gathers ‘Conservation Success Stories’

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) recently unveiled 100 conservation success stories on their website, http://vtconservation.com/success/. AVCC works to network and empower conservation commissions, and grow the number of these local volunteer groups across the state. Currently, there are over 100 conservation commissions in Vermont. VNRC has worked with conservation commissions on a variety of […]

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Strip Development Prevention and Revitalization

During the 2014 legislative session, VNRC helped pass an important change to Act 250: the Criterion 9L update, which is meant to help prevent strip development in our rural areas, and to help revitalize areas where strip development already exists. But our work isn’t done just because the law is on the books. Now, we’re […]

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Please Weigh in on ANR’s Proposed New Groundwater Rule

October 15, 2015 The Agency of Natural Resources has begun writing an important “umbrella” rule called the Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy (available here as a pdf). This rule will form the foundation for a wide range of permit requirements to protect groundwater  – this precious, increasingly sought-after natural resource. It’s really important that people […]

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Act 250 Test

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and the Rutland Herald ran the following editorial about the proposed Exit 4 development in Randolph on October 1, 2015. Act 250 Test A major residential, retail, business and industrial development at an Interstate 89 exit in Randolph has stumbled over procedural issues as it moves through the state’s Act 250 […]

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Huge Project Must Be Denied

Note: this op-ed appeared in the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus on September 27, 2015   By Brian Shupe A massive, sprawling development at the I-89 interchange at Exit 4 in Randolph is currently being reviewed by the District 3 Environmental Commission under Act 250, Vermont’s landmark development law. The proposal — which includes […]

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Ellen Kahler to Receive 2015 Art Gibb Award

TWEET: Ellen Kahler receives @VNRCorg Art Gibb Award for sustainable #VT #Farm & #Forestry economic growth via @VTFarm2Plate @VTBioenergy efforts Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will be recognized this month for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs, and by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural […]

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