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 Report Card
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
Brian Shupe: How can Act 250 work better?
Find below the text of Brian Shupe’s commentary in the Times-Argus this week. As Vermont’s primary land development law turns 50 years old, it is time for a major modernization…
Kate McCarthy: Finding clean transportation for a rural state
Find below the text of Kate McCarthy’s commentary in VTDigger this week. Winter came early this year, and I suspect I wasn’t the only one in a panic because I…
Investing in clean, convenient transportation choices across our rural state
The following is a commentary by Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director at VNRC and Coordinator of the Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT) coalition. Winter came early this year, and I…