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New Guide Offers Communities a Path to Bylaw Reform. The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Congress of the New Urbanism (CNU) recently completed Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont Neighborhoods. This how-to manual emphasizes the practical, small steps that Vermont’s cities and towns can take in addressing the regulatory barriers to providing housing choices and increasing housing affordability. The guide culminates a year of work with six Vermont communities through the Project for Code Reform, CNU’s strategic initiative to support cities and towns as they reform outdated zoning codes in favor of more walkable communities.

With financial support from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, AARP Vermont, and the Vermont Association of Realtors, CNU worked with DHCD and Vermont’s regional planning commissions to create the new guide, focusing incremental steps communities can take to increase vibrancy and inclusion, equity and affordability of housing in walkable centers.