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

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…

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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…

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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…

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Small Grants for Smart Growth

Need funding for a smart growth project?

Find out more here: Small Grants for Smart Growth

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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People, Places, and Transportation

Check out our People, Places, and Transportation blog about how to shape a cleaner, greener, more accessible, and more sustainable transportation future in Vermont. This is the next incarnation of the blog formerly housed at Sustainable Transportation Vermont. Stay awhile!

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