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
VNRC coordinates T4VT, a statewide advocacy coalition dedicated to a sustainable & accessible transportation system for Vermont.Read More
Upcoming Sustainable Communities Events, Resources, and Opportunities
Learn more about upcoming opportunities to strengthen resilience and sustainability in your community.Read More
Policy Position: Act 250
Read more about how VNRC is working to modernize Act 250 in 2024!Read More
Smart Growth News
Two Things: An Environmental Justice Webinar and a Last Call for Small Grants for Smart Growth Applications
Two Things: Inviting you to a webinar on an equitable approach to Vermont’s clean energy transition, and reminding you we’re still accepting Small Grants for Smart Growth applications! Stay informed,…
Two Things: Small Grants for Smart Growth and See You in the State House in 2024!
Two Things: We’re accepting Small Grants for Smart Growth applications, and looking forward to kicking off the legislative session in the New Year! Stay informed, stay connected – two things….
Two Things: Small Grants for Smart Growth and our Mollie Beattie Internship!
Two Things: We’re accepting applications for this year’s Small Grants for Smart Growth program and looking for our next Mollie Beattie Intern. Stay informed, stay connected – two things. Apply…