• Support well-designed infill and compact development projects in your neighborhood. Our Smart Growth Awards provide great examples of outstanding developments.
  • Support transportation options in your community.
  • Start a housing committee in your community.  Begin by understanding the housing needs for all members of the town and the obstacles to building homes.
  • Hold a workshop on housing density, design and the benefits of providing housing in the community core.
  • Join or start a downtown revitalization committee.
  • Work with your town to keep public buildings like post offices, libraries and town hall in the town center.
  • If you are developing a project, considering the smart growth principles before your start.
  • Reach out to the local community to let them know about your project.
  • Apply for Housing Endorsement from the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative, created as a voluntary program which uses smart growth criteria to evaluate new housing projects.
  • If you are a business looking for new space, consider locating in an existing downtown or village center.  Your staff will be close to services, housing opportunities and schools.
  • If you are a business, considering offering employee incentives for not using their automobiles to get to work.  Consider offering passes for public transit or arranging for car-pooling.  One business in Vermont, purchased bikes for all their employees to support them biking to work.

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