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
Kate McCarthy: Proposed Act 250 changes support smart growth
This commentary is by Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director at VNRC. It also appeared in VTDigger, the Brattleboro Reformer, the Rutland Herald, and the Bennington Banner. It matters how…
Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT) Legislative Update
Read on for some updates on Transportation for Vermonters priorities that advanced in the 2019-2020 legislative session. Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) The Global Warming Solutions Act, to which T4VT lent…
VNRC Awards 3 New Small Grants for Smart Growth
VNRC is pleased to announce the recent awards of Small Grants for Smart Growth to the Town of Hinesburg, the South Hero Land Trust, and Canaan Naturally Connected. The Town…