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Williston Growth Center Challenged

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) recently filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court to challenge the boundaries of Williston’s proposed growth center. The Town applied to designate a specified area as a growth center under the 2006 growth centers law that provides tax incentives for development in these areas.
In October, the state’s Expanded Downtown Board approved Williston’s growth center application, but added the area near the big box stores in the designated area. Following this approval, Smart Growth Vermont, the Preservation Trust of Vermont and VNRC expressed concerns that this expansion violated the intent of the law.