For municipalities that lack a historic downtown, Vermont statute 24 V.S.A § 2793b provides the option of designating a New Town Center. Designation requirements focus on planning, capital expenditures, and regulatory tools that promote a pedestrian-oriented development pattern similar to our historic downtowns.
- New Town Center Application Guidelines – instructions for designation and renewal.
- New Town Center Designation Annual Report
Designated New Town Centers
The following towns have applied for and received designation.
- Colchester – July 2007, Renewed December 2014
- South Burlington – January 2010; Renewed July 2015; Mid-Cycle 4-Year Review March 2021
Conditionally Approved New Town Centers
- Berlin - April 2021