Subdivision Analysis

VNRC conducts research on subdivision trends in Vermont to understand how zoning bylaws and subdivision regulations affect subdivision rates. We believe this information is important for understanding whether certain zoning strategies can help minimize the effects of development in forestland.

To date, VNRC has published multiple reports on subdivision trends:

Tracking Parcelization Over Time: Updating the Vermont Database to Inform Planning and Policy (2018): VNRC published a report and website that systematically track the increasing parcelization of our forests.

The Phase I Report (2010)For this study, VNRC examined subdivision trends in eight towns between 2002 and 2009. The towns included: Bennington, Calais, Fletcher, Hinesburg, Middlesex, Norwich, and Stowe.

The Phase II Report (2014): For this study, VNRC conducted a second round of analysis in 14 additional towns: Bolton, Brandon, Dorset, Fayston, Hardwick, Huntington, Jericho, Marlboro, Monkton, Morristown, Richmond, Shrewsbury, Tinmouth, and West Windsor. VNRC examined subdivision trends in each of these towns between 2002 and 2010 to ground truth findings from the Phase I report, and build a better understanding about zoning and subdivision in Vermont.

VNRC’s Subdivisions Website: As part of the Phase I study, VNRC created a website that allows users to access the Phase I Report in addition to information about every town in Vermont, including the number of parcels enrolled in the Current Use Program, the number of conserved acres, and more.