As we rebuild from the pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to leverage federal funds to dramatically increase our investment in programs that build affordable housing in smart growth locations, spur rural economic development, and protect our working lands and natural areas.
Legislative Priorities for 2021:
- Support the Governor’s proposal of $34.8M for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board in FY22.
- Provide full statutory funding for the Municipal and Regional Planning Fund, which supports regional planning commissions as well as grants to communities.
- Significantly increase funding for Downtown and Village Tax Credits, and the Working Lands Enterprise Fund.
- Increase investments in innovative water and wastewater infrastructure solutions needed to promote housing and commercial development in communities of all sizes.
Status: The Legislature made historic multi-year investments in the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board at $94 million, and one-time increases of $3 million for the Working Lands Enterprise Fund and $2 million to state parks. Other programs were funded that support our downtowns and villages: $1.5 million for the Better Places programs, $5 million for transportation grants in Vermont’s downtowns and villages, and $11 million to clean-up contaminated “brownfield” sites.