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
New at People, Places, and Transportation: Building a better future with placemaking and public spaces
Today in People, Places, and Transportation, Richard Amore from the Department of Housing and Community Development reflects on how we can “build back better” for all Vermonters after COVID-19 through…
Cross Vermont Trail Association advances connectivity goals in Central Vermont with grant from VNRC
The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) awarded a Small Grant for Smart Growth to the Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA) to further its goal of connecting villages, schools, and conserved…
All you needed to know about the 2021 Transportation Bill
Update, May 28: In a historic session – Zoom legislating in a pandemic, appropriating $1 billion+ in federal stimulus dollars and far more – Vermont made much-needed, expanded commitments to…