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From the Toolbox

Smart Growth Vermont has just added a new tool and case study to the Community Planning Toolbox: an overview of the Downtown Designation tool that provides information and resources about how Vermont’s Downtown Program can help communities boost the health and vitality of their downtowns.
The associated case study highlights the experience of the village of Bellows Falls as it applied for — and benefitted from — downtown designation. While the tax credits offered by the Downtown Program are perhaps its best-known feature, the program also provides opportunities for community leaders to explore new ideas and network with leaders from other designated communities.
The Community Planning Toolbox features specific examples of zoning, bylaws, community development and educational materials that promote smart growth. In an effort to continue expanding this valuable resource, we are always adding new tools and case studies. So, take a look inside the Toolbox, and if you can’t find what you need, let us know.