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Warren King to receive VNRC’s 2017 Arthur Gibb Award

Vermont Natural Resource Council (VNRC) is excited to present this year’s Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership to Warren King, a lifelong conservationist, at VNRC’s annual meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at The Kirk Alumni Center at Middlebury College. King will be celebrated for the remarkable creativity, compassion, and energy he has brought to […]

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Exit 4 Request for Concepts

Now that the land at Exit 4 has been conserved, we’re ready to take the next step! Preservation Trust of Vermont, who now owns the 22 acres closest to the highway, would like to transfer the land to a person or group who will uphold the values of open space and farming. We’re seeking submissions […]

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Smart Growth Summit 2017

On June 16, 2017, VNRC and AARP VT partnered to host the Smart Growth Summit at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. More than 160 local officials, planners, policy makers, developers, advocates, and business people from across Vermont gathered to share their insights and learn together during a dynamic and interactive summit aimed at addressing a host of […]

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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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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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Summary of Exit 4 Act 250 case

Exhibit 42 – CLF/VNRC Memorandum and Hearing Summary

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Legislature Faces Important Decisions on Current Use Program

The following op-ed by VNRC’s Forest and Wildlife Program Director ran in the Rutland Herald, Barre Montpelier Times Argus, Burlington Free Press and other outlets during mid-February 2015. By Jamey Fidel Among the many issues being debated in Montpelier that could have a lasting impact on Vermont’s environment and economy are possible changes to the […]

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Act 250’s “Criterion 9L” – Frequently Asked Questions

Act 250’s “Criterion 9L” Frequently Asked Questions What is Act 250? Act 250 is an environmental review and permitting process. Its purpose is to review select projects for their potential impacts on the project site and the surrounding area. There are ten criteria, and several sub-criteria, used to evaluate a project, related to such issues […]

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Fresh Transportation Options Outlined for Chittenden County

A series of significant new transportation projects that will make it easier to get around Chittenden County were recently unveiled at a press conference in Williston. A range of stakeholders, including VNRC, helped select the 34 projects that will help a key area of the state move beyond the “Circ” highway and towards a more […]

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