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Growth Center Corrections Move Forward: S.64

The Senate Natural Resources Committee is finalizing their review of the current version of S.64, which was brought to the Legislature through collaboration and a compromise agreement between Secretary of Commerce Kevin Dorn and Smart Growth Collaborative members Preservation Trust of Vermont, Vermont Natural Resource Council, and Smart Growth Vermont. It is likely that the bill will be voted out of committee today.
The bill provides language clarification and standards to address concerns raised during the last several years as towns have applied for growth center designation. The changes will streamline the application process; ensure that growth centers will not damage our downtowns and village centers; and provide standards to ensure growth centers are planned for 20 years of growth and result in compact, mixed use areas. Senator Ginny Lyons has made passage of this bill a top priority for her committee.