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
Transportation Climate Initiative: Regional policy proposal
Jurisdictions participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) made available a framework for a draft regional policy proposal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from transportation, and encouraged interested individuals and organizations…
Coming Down from the Hill Town
Last night we enjoyed “Coming Down from the Hill Town: Transformations in Italian Town Planning,” a talk by urban planner and former VNRC Board Chair Beth Humstone co-sponsored by VNRC…
Remembering Paul Bruhn
Today we were deeply saddened to learn about the death of Paul Bruhn, who led the Preservation Trust of Vermont since 1980 as its first executive director and served on…