Vermont Neighborhoods Law Expansion Enacted
The Vermont Neighborhoods law, which passed a few years ago, offers communities the chance to designate smart growth areas for new housing development. Act 250 is waived in those designated areas, subject to affordability and density requirements. Commissioner Mackay proposed and Smart Growth Vermont supported, a revision to this law that will allow housing developers to more easily utilize the streamlined regulations offered by the program. Previously, only a municipality could nominate an area for this designation. The law will now allow a developer to nominate an area for the designation.