Special funding to update municipal bylaws, implement Zoning for Great Neighborhoods and expand choice and opportunity for homes in pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods.
The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was appropriated $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2022 to grant to villages, cities, and towns for municipal land use, development, and zoning bylaw updates that increase housing choice and affordability, and implement 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. Municipalities will use this funding to hire regional planning commission or consulting staff.