Growth Center Reforms Enacted
Our top priority was enactment of a bill reforming the Growth Center law. Prior to the start of the Session, Smart Growth Vermont developed the details of the reform package through collaboration with Secretary of Commerce Kevin Dorn and Smart Growth Collaborative members Preservation Trust of Vermont, and Vermont Natural Resource Council. 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. Special thanks to the Senate and House Natural Resource Committees and Sen. Lyons and Representatives Klein and Krawczyk for their work on these changes.