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Waitsfield Preliminary Growth Center Application Well Received

Smart Growth Vermont staff accompanied Waitsfield officials and planning consultant, Brandy Saxton of PlaceSense, in presenting a preliminary application for growth center designation to the Planning Coordination Group, which provides guidance and review to communities that are submitting applications. The preliminary application was developed by Ms. Saxton over the past several months with guidance from Smart Growth Vermont, who also assisted the community in securing grant funds to support the effort. The application, which would designate a growth center of slightly over 300 acres, including the historic Waitsfield Village, was positively received by group members. The Town is waiting for comments from agency staff, which are due by March 21st.

Smart Growth Vermont Assists Reading with Forest Fragmentation Concerns
Smart Growth Vermont has been working in partnership with the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission to advise the Reading Planning Commission on strategies to avoid forest fragmentation. Reading’s forest resources have been identified by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife as being part of a regional block of important wildlife habitat as well as a productive economic resource. This month, Smart Growth Vermont staff presented their technical review of the Town’s Plan and zoning bylaws, together with options for strengthening those documents and establishing non-regulatory tools to support ongoing forest management. Those options will be presented as part of a community forum in April.