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
Shared streets in a pandemic: Change in motion during COVID-19
Have you been walking or biking more often, and driving less as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you’ve probably found yourself taking up more of the road…
Introducing the new Vermont Environmental Report: Clean Energy and Beyond
When we began writing our Winter/Spring 2020 Vermont Environmental Report — Climate Change Solutions: Clean Energy and Beyond — the COVID-19 crisis had not yet begun. In many ways, we…
Rich Earth Institute credits VNRC with helping support alternative and innovative wastewater systems
It’s not every day we have an inspiring story to tell about urine, but today is one of them! Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro recently completed a report on its Village…