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.
The Great Housing Hunt
Help find "Missing Middle Housing" in your community!Read More
Upcoming Sustainable Communities Events, Resources, and Opportunities
Learn more about upcoming opportunities to strengthen resilience and sustainability in your communityRead More
Policy Position: The "HOME" Bill
Increasing housing choice and affordability in Vermont’s downtowns and village centers is a critical climate solutionRead More
Smart Growth News
Three Things: A New Staff Member, a Community Conversation in Johnson, and Transportation Demand Management Week!
Three things: Introducing our new VHCB Americorps Community Energy Coordinator, inviting you to a Community Conversation in Johnson, and celebrating Transportation Demand Management week! Stay informed, connected, and engaged—three things….
Three Things: Clean Water Community Conversations, VNRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, and the VT Designation 2050 Design Summit
Three things: Join us for some community conversations on clean water and climate resilience, RSVP for our 60th anniversary celebration and annual meeting, and consider attending the Designation 2050 Design…
Three Things: This Weekend’s Biodiversity Jamboree, VNRC’s Staff Retreat, and Governor Signs Housing Bill Into Law
Three things: We’re inviting you to North Branch Nature Center’s Biodiversity Jamboree this Saturday, sharing a bit about our recent staff retreat, and celebrating S.100 being signed into law. Stay…
Small Grants for Smart Growth
Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership