Updating zoning and other local land use regulations to allow a wider range of housing types, can help improve opportunities for homes in walkable places.
Zoning for Great Neighborhoods aims to help cities and towns address the mismatch between Vermont’s available houses and the needs of Vermonters at all stages of life. Through the guidance and model regulations produced through this project, towns of any size will be able to make incremental changes to their zoning that allow for more flexible housing in a way that honors Vermont's traditional settlements.
This work will benefit from the national expertise of CNU through its Project for Code Reform and the local knowledge of Vermont's Regional Planning Commissions. Tools are due for completion by Spring 2020.
Led by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, the Zoning for Great Neighborhoods project is underwritten with generous support from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, AARP-VT, and the Vermont, Green Mountain, and National Association Realtors.
Vermont Digger Article October 30, 2019 - Vermont Program Aims to Modernize Local Zoning Rules
November 4, 2019 DHCD Presentation - The Homes We Need vs. What We Have
November 7, 2019 CNU Presentation - Enabling Better Places: An Incremental Approach to Code Reform
Stakeholder Survey Report from July 2019 - Barriers to Housing (all three documents combined)
Results and Findings