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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 development projects for their potential impacts, both on the project site and in the area near the site. There are ten criteria used to evaluate a project, including criteria related […]

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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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