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We who Believe in Freedom, mural, Rutland, VT by LMNOPI, 2020
We Who Believe in Freedom, mural, Rutland, VT by LMNOPI, 2020

Current Initiatives

The Division of Community Planning and Revitalization provides tools, training, grants, and incentives for local leaders to plan and implement projects that support thriving, walkable communities. Here are some of our current initiatives:

Designation 2050: Design the Future of Vermont: The Vermont Legislature authorized an evaluation and reform project for 2023, to review how well Vermont’s designation programs are working and develop recommendations for strengthening, streamlining, and modernizing the programs in the future. 

Homes for All: A 'Design & Do' Toolkit for Small-scale Home Builders, Investors & Community Leaders: The toolkit helps communities reintroduce Missing Middle home types to Vermont. It will include a design guide, infill case studies, a builders' workbook, and other training resources that will help us expand the way Vermonters build and envision new housing.

The Great Housing Hunt: AARP-VT, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council have teamed up to launch The Great Housing Hunt – a photo contest to raise awareness of “missing middle housing,” small- to mid-sized housing that’s affordable for middle-income households and is in short supply.

Small Towns, Healthy Communities Podcast: a podcast about the intersection between health equity and community design in Vermont, hosted by Richard Amore and Suzanne Kelley.