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Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Robbins

Chris Robbins has dedicated several years to Smart Growth Vermont as a volunteer, documenting and illustrating the relationship between density and design in traditional Vermont neighborhoods. Over time, this ambitious project has expanded to four communities of varying sizes: Bristol, Vergennes, Orwell, and Burlington. Chris is now developing a major new section of our website that will explain how good design and compact layout make Vermont’s traditional neighborhoods such great places to live.
Chris feels the initiative will help community members and planning officials make well informed decisions about future land use and development. Her previous experiences in relevant writing, photography, interpreting maps and records from towns have proven to be handy tools for this project.

While living in Northfield, Minnesota, Chris worked for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership as a river advocate, where she organized conferences on what can be done to improve water quality. She also served as a volunteer on the town’s planning commission to plan for compatible growth in a historically and culturally rich community.

For the past five years, Chris has lived in Middlebury with her husband. Thank you, Chris, for your work showcasing what is great about Vermont’s communities!