Case Studies

Are you interested in seeing how other Vermont communities have implemented smart growth policies? This section of the Toolbox features community case studies, the lessons they have learned and the tool they used to accomplish their goals.

The photograph of the featured community in the left menu bar lets you know you are in the Case Studies section of the Toolbox.  Each case study begins with a “Community Overview” that provides information about the municipality, such as population, size, and the issues they are facing. It is followed by “Tools You Can Use” that features the Tool, why the community implemented it and how it has helped. There is a “Lessons Learned” section to help you avoid the mistakes made by others. You will also find related Issues and Tools on the left hand menu bar.

If you know of a case study we should include in the Toolbox, please email smartgrowth@vnrc.org or call us at (802) 223-2328.

Case Studies

Access Management-Charlotte
Accessory Apartments-Montpelier
Adaptive Re-use-Waitsfield
Alternative Dispute Resolution – East Middlebury
Alternative Dispute Resolution – Somerville, MA
Commercial Design Control District — Bennington
Community Transit – Hinesburg
Conditional Use Review-Fairfield
Conservation Development – Charlotte
Conservation Easement – Landowner, Alan Calfee
Conservation Easement – Landowner, Putnam Blodgett
Design Charrette – Vermont Neighborhoods Project
Downtown Designation-Bellows Falls
Economic Development Plan-Waitsfield
Forest Reserve District-Bennington
Historic Structure Weatherization Retrofit – Thetford (*NEW)
Implementation Plan-Montpelier
Meadowland Overlay District-Warren
Natural Resource Plan-Waitsfield
Road Corridor Visual Analysis-Route 7
Road Length Policies-Enosburgh
Rural Historic District-Calais
Scenic Byway Program-Moretown
Scenic Overlay Districts-Charlotte
Shelburne
Smart Growth Scorecard-Waterbury
Subdivision Regulations-Fletcher
Subdivision Regulations-Norwich
Trail Handbook-Underhill
Transfer of Development Rights-Stowe
Tree Ordinances-St. Johnsbury
Vermont Traditional Neighborhoods – Bristol
Vermont Traditional Neighborhoods – Burlington
Vermont Traditional Neighborhoods – Orwell
Vermont Traditional Neighborhoods – Vergennes
Village Design Guidelines-Manchester
Waterbury LEAP: Sustaining a Strong Community Energy Committee (*NEW)
Wildlife Corridor Overlay Zone – Shrewsbury

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