Find out more here: Small Grants for 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.
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
VNRC awards Small Grant for Smart Growth to support accessibility updates to Wheelock Town Hall
The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) awarded a Small Grant for Smart Growth to the Town of Wheelock. The $1,000 grant will be used to allow community members to collaboratively…
VNRC awards Small Grant for Smart Growth to improve food access and walkability in White River Junction
The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) awarded a Small Grant for Smart Growth to the Upper Valley Apple Corps, a group that purchases, hosts, plants, and cares for fruit- and…
VNRC and partners express disappointment with Governor Scott’s veto of forest protections
Governor Scott’s Veto of H.926 Misses Opportunity to Protect Forests, Address Climate Change and Support Rural Communities MONTPELIER (October 6, 2020) – In his veto of House Bill 926 last…