Smart Growth Vermont On the Road
Nice weather means more requests from towns for trainings about how to implement smart growth principles. Recently, our Executive Director, Noelle MacKay, traveled to the southern town of Wilmington to discuss ways to protect the gateway and views into the village and also increase housing options in and around the Village. It was a perfect opportunity to discuss these issues, as the Planning Commission is working on updating their Town Plan.
The Town of Orwell recently invited Smart Growth Vermont staff to do a presentation on how to protect the scenic and agricultural qualities of the village gateway along 22A. While the area is currently zoned for strip commercial development, there are currently only two commercial establishments in the district, which means Orwell has the opportunity to rewrite the standards so as to ensure that new development is village-oriented rather than highway-oriented. We are excited about the possibility of helping the town with this important work!