Peg Elmer, Associate Director, Land Use Institute, Vermont Law School
Smart Growth Vermont has been outstanding at drawing all sides of a community together – whether that community is the whole state or at the municipal level – to build consensus on difficult land use issues. Illustrating its effectiveness as a team player in a small state with limited resources, Smart Growth Vermont partnered with the Vermont Law School’s Land Use Institute and asked professors and students to help develop content on land use law for Smart Growth’s Community Planning Toolbox. Smart Growth Vermont also helped sponsor our first summer retreat for local volunteer planning and development review board members. In a complex topic area that is too often polarizing, Smart Growth Vermont works overtime to unite us in maintaining what makes Vermont special as our communities grow and change.