Sustainable Communities

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:

Kati Gallagher, Sustainable Communities Program Director

802-223-2328 x114

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Transportation for Vermonters

VNRC coordinates T4VT, a statewide advocacy coalition dedicated to a sustainable & accessible transportation system for Vermont.

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Upcoming Sustainable Communities Events, Resources, and Opportunities

Learn more about upcoming opportunities to strengthen resilience and sustainability in your community.

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Policy Position: Act 250

Read more about how VNRC is working to modernize Act 250 in 2024!

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Smart Growth News

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2024 Vermont Legislative Bulletin – Historic Progress for Vermont’s Climate, Communities, and Natural Resources

It’s been a historic year for climate action, communities, and natural resources! Read about the monumental progress made this year in our 2024 Legislative Bulletin. With the devastating impacts of…

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Three Things: PFAS Action, Clean Heat Standard Engagement, and Small Grants for Smart Growth

Three Things: Recapping recent action to address PFAS, sharing opportunities to weigh in on the Clean Heat Standard’s development, and inviting communities to apply for Small Grants for Smart Growth.  Stay…

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Two Things: Act 250 Action and Art Walk with a Pollinator Workshop

Two Things: Asking you to take action today to support Act 250 reform, and inviting you to join us for Montpelier Art Walk with a special clay workshop for pollinators!  Stay…

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Small Grants for Smart Growth

Need funding for a smart growth project?

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Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership

Honoring supporters of smart growth

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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, now co-hosted by VNRC and the Transportation for Vermonters Coalition. Stay awhile!

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