Smart Growth

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.

For questions or inquiries:

Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director

802-223-2328 x114

kmccarthy@vnrc.org

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Initiatives

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Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT)

Collaborating across sectors to build a sustainable, accessible transportation system in a rural state

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Smart Growth Report Card

Evaluating whether state investments advance smart growth in housing, transportation, economic development, and capital construction

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Promoting compact development through Act 250

Ensuring that Act 250 reduces sprawl and discourages scattered, incremental development

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Smart Growth News

VNRC Presents Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership to Peter Gregory

Peter Gregory, AICP, Executive Director of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) in Woodstock, Vermont, is the recipient of the 2020 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership. The Vermont Natural Resources…

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Pandemic Rush to Vermont Highlights Future Climate Migration Issues

Elena Mihaly is a Senior Attorney working in the Clean Air and Water Program and Community Resilience Program at the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). Kate McCarthy is Sustainable Communities Program…

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Member Profile: Don Schramm

Don Schramm is a founder and resident of Burlington Cohousing on East Village Drive in Burlington, Vermont. Don’s lifetime hobby has been co-ops of all sorts – parents’, workers’, housing,…

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Small Grants for Smart Growth

Need funding for a smart growth project?
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Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership

Honoring supporters of smart growth
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Transportation for Vermonters

Transportation for Vermonters

Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT) is a diverse coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions committed to working together, creatively, and across sectors to achieve a sustainable, accessible transportation system in a rural state. T4VT takes a research-based approach to identify and advocate for transportation programs and investments needed to improve air quality, health, economic vitality, and mobility, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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