Smart Growth Vermont Community Planning Toolbox

Description: The Community Planning Toolbox introduces the issues, techniques and resources for smart growth planning. It features case studies and sample tools that demonstrate how communities have addressed various land use planning challenges. The website offers an overview of key land use issues facing Vermont communities. Discussion of these issues is presented in the context of smart growth principles, such as preserving the working landscape, revitalizing of village centers or enhancing public engagement. Issues covered include: community design, comprehensive planning, healthy forests, historic preservation, housing for all, productive farms, public engagement, scenic road corridors, the working landscape, and wildlife habitat and natural areas. Additional issues are regularly added to this website.

The website presents an overview of specific tools communities can use to address land use issues including:

Access Management Design Charrettes Road Corridor Visual Analysis
Accessory Apartments Design Review Regulations Scenic Byway Program
Adaptive Re-Use Historic Preservation Regulations Subdivision Regulations
Billboard and Sign Control Inclusionary Zoning Transfer of Development Rights
Conditional Use Review Overlay Districts Tree Ordinances
Conservation and Open Space Plans Resource Conservation Districts Vermont Smart Growth Score Card

The website also provides case studies of how Vermont communities have implemented smart growth policies, the lessons they have learned and the tools they used to accomplish their goals. Case studies include:

Accessory Apartments (Montpelier) Meadowland Overlay District (Warren)
Commercial Design Control District (Bennington) Natural Resource Plan (Waitsfield)
Access Management (Charlotte) Scenic Overlay District (Charlotte)
Adaptive Re-Use (Waitsfield) Road Corridor Visual Analysis (Route 7)
Conditional Use Review (Fairfield) Scenic Byway Program (Moretown)
Design Charrette (Vt Neighborhoods Project) Smart Growth Score Card (Waterbury)
Downtown Designation (Bellows Falls) Subdivision Regulations (Fletcher & Norwich)
Economic Development Plan (Waitsfield) Transfer of Development Rights (Stowe)
Forest Reserve District (Bennington) Tree Ordinances (St. Johnsbury)
Rural Historic District (Calais) Village Design Guidelines (Manchester)
Implementation Plan (Montpelier)

Additional tools and case studies are regularly added to this website.

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