Growth Centers

Bennington, Vermont
Bennington, Vermont
Growth centers aim to align public infrastructure and private building investments with a local framework of policies and regulations to ensure that 20 years of future development will enhance the vitality of the designated commercial center, while protecting farm and forest land outside the growth center.

Designated growth centers must include and support a designated downtown, village center, or new town center. A rigorous application and review process precedes designation. 

Getting Started 

Check to see if you municipality is ready to apply by reviewing the Eligibility Checklist on page 4 of the Growth Center Designation Program Guide.  For municipalities that are ready, DHCD staff will direct the municipality in preparing a preliminary application and then a draft application addressing all items in the Growth Center Application Form, including the six required analyses.

Background Information

Contact DHCD staff if your community is interested in pursuing growth center designation.

Designated Growth Centers

For the six existing growth centers, designation remains in effect for 20 years after growth center approval and the Vermont Downtown Board reviews the designation every five years – see the Five-Year Review Process (pdf).

Additional Resources:

Growth Center Planning Manual for Vermont Communities (pdf)  2007 Guidance for growth center designation, based on statute that has since been updated.

Contact Us

Jacob Hemmerick, Planning & Policy Manager

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Dean C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501

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