Smart growth is a pattern of land development that creates compact, walkable, transit-accessible communities with a range of affordable housing opportunities and choices. In Vermont, it builds on and maintains the state’s historic settlement pattern of higher-density downtown and village centers surrounded by farm, forest, and natural areas.
Using smart growth principles as a guide, VNRC promotes land use planning that creates communities that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and resilient. To do this, we ensure the continued strength and effectiveness of Act 250, Vermont’s landmark development review law, as well as complementary state policies that promote smart growth and reduce sprawl. And we support the state’s farming and forest economies to ensure long-term land availability and economic health.
Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT)
Collaborating across sectors to build a sustainable, accessible transportation system in a rural stateRead More
Smart Growth Progress Report
Evaluating whether state investments advance smart growth in housing, transportation, economic development, and capital constructionRead More
Promoting compact development through Act 250
Ensuring that Act 250 reduces sprawl and discourages scattered, incremental developmentRead More
Smart Growth News
Climate Action and Resilience in Vermont: A Webinar Series
Join us for our 2022 Climate Action and Resilience in Vermont Webinar Series. Find the links to register for each session below. We are living in pivotal times, when the…
Apply for a $5,000 Small Grant for Smart Growth!
Vermonters face significant and complex challenges, from pandemic recovery to climate adaptation. At the same time, there are enormous opportunities to strengthen our communities, protect our environment, and care for…
Introducing the 2021 Smart Growth Progress Report
There are many factors that shape how Vermont’s communities plan for the future and manage growth and change. As we face increasingly complex environmental, social and economic challenges, it is…