The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development is accepting applications for housing development in Vermont.
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: up to $650,000
This fiscal year 2023, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has up to $650,000 to grant to Vermont municipalities for land use, development, and zoning bylaw updates in support of a pedestrian-oriented development pattern that increases housing choice, affordability, and opportunity in areas planned for pedestrian-oriented smart growth and in accordance with Vermont’s smart growth principles. Municipalities can use this new and innovative funding to hire regional planning commission or consulting staff to collaborate with local stakeholders and prepare bylaw updates that expand opportunities for new homes, confront the State’s housing crisis, and ready communities for unprecedented investments in housing and infrastructure.
The grants support access to the State’s Neighborhood Development Area designation through implementation of the Zoning for Great Neighborhoods Guide. An initiative that produced model regulations designed to make little zoning updates that have a big impact much easier for local planning commissions, select boards, and city councils. The project also looked at case study communities across Vermont, revealing a clear mismatch between Vermont’s need for smaller homes and the current zoning regulations – many of which were adopted using mid-century templates favoring single-household homes, large lots, and expensive infrastructure.
- Up to $650,000 is available to support statewide municipal bylaw modernization grants.
- Single Municipality: Individual municipalities with a confirmed local planning process by the regional planning commission (RPC), including an unexpired Municipal Plan, on or before the application deadline, are eligible to apply.
- Multi-Town Application: Two or more municipalities may apply jointly, with one lead municipality serving as the grant’s fiscal agent and grantee.
For more information, visit DHCD.