Special funding to update bylaws, implement Zoning for Great Neighborhoods and expand choice and opportunity for homes in pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods.
In fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021– June 30, 2022), the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has $500,000 available to grant to municipalities for land use, development, and zoning bylaw updates in support of pedestrian-oriented development patterns that increase housing choice and affordability within smart growth areas, and in accordance with Vermont’s smart growth principles (24 V.S.A. §2791).
This one-time funding from Act 74 (2021) is intended to help communities confront the State’s housing shortage and ready areas for new homes through bylaw modernization.
A municipality may apply for Bylaw Modernization Grant funding in addition to a recent or FY22 Municipal Planning Grant.
Applciation materials will be posted here on or before October 1, 2021.
Administering an Awarded Grant
Resources for grantees -- including important dates, requisition, amendment, and closeout instructions -- will be available on the Grant Administrator's Page prior to awards in January. Much of the program's administration will resemble the Municipal Planning Grant Administrators Page.