Community Planning Partnership Update
Smart Growth Vermont to Assist the Town of Pownal with Growth Center Designation
In partnership with LandWorks, a Middlebury-based landscape architecture and planning firm, Smart Growth Vermont has been chosen to assist the Town of Pownal with its effort to seek growth center designation for Pownal Village and adjacent lands, including the site of the former Green Mountain Race Track. The Town feels that growth center designation would build upon and strengthen their efforts to support development strategies that result in well-paying jobs and new housing while reinforcing smart growth land use policies. Smart Growth Vermont is interested in helping the Town lay the foundations for compact, mixed-use development in and around Pownal Village that provides a mixture of services, employment and housing for residents within easy walking distance of each other. This work is made possible in part by a Municipal Planning Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Smart Growth Vermont to Assist Town of Warren with Affordable Housing Strategy
Smart Growth Vermont has been selected by the Town of Warren to assist them with developing a strategy and revising its bylaws to promote the construction of affordable housing. Warren has been actively investigating, and seeking ways to meet the housing needs for the community in a manner that enhances their village center and preserves the rural countryside. In deciding to take on the challenge of providing housing for all, Warren’s planning commission has acknowledged that affordability isn’t just a housing issue – it is a key concern for anyone who cares about Vermont’s working rural landscape. “We’re delighted to have been chosen for this important project,” said Noelle MacKay, Executive Director of Smart Growth Vermont. “There is a critical shortage of moderately priced homes in Vermont, and local policies and codes are sometimes part of the problem. Warren’s community leaders have made a commitment to changing that, and they deserve a lot of credit.” This work is made possible in part by a Municipal Planning Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Affairs.