A balance between natural resource conservation and development helps to ensure the resilience and livability of the greater Upper Valley region.
Natural resources are an essential foundation and cultural contributor to the region. Wetlands, farms, wildlife, forests, and rivers promote environmental health, provide recreational opportunities, and support local economies. The region also needs more homes to provide adequate options for residents. Communities must plan proactively in how to balance these two priorities.
In order to advance collaboration rather than conflict, land use policies and community plans (I.e., master or town plans, open space plans, conservation plans) are the appropriate venues to establish opportunities and restrictions for different land uses. These plans and policies must receive regular reviews. The risk of flooding and the protection of our farms and forests must be a priority in these conversations.
Additional Resource: Vermont Housing and Conservation Board