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Gov. Shumlin Signs Community Revitalization and Economic Development Bills
By Joe Gullo
ST. ALBANS, Vt. - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed three bills Tuesday.
A press release says the following bills were signed:
• H. 809, improving the Growth Center and New Town Center designation process by helping more communities plan for growth and development they want;
• H. 823, providing development incentives within state designated growth centers to help address the state’s housing shortage while promoting walkable communities. It bars large scale commercial development outside a designated center from contributing to the extension of existing strip development, while encouraging new growth to be located in community centers or as infill in those existing strip development areas; and
• H. 740, changing how developers pay for improvements to state roads, intersections and other transportation infrastructure, by requiring developers to only pay for the traffic their development creates – not the entire cost of the improvement.
The bills were signed on the front porch of a recently rehabilitated house in St. Albans.
“Together these bills, along with an additional $500,000 in tax credits, will ensure that more historic buildings like the St. Albans House are rehabilitated, that more businesses and jobs are located in our downtowns, and that new homes are built within walking distance to stores, restaurants, schools and public transit,” Gov. Shumlin told the group of business owners, homebuilders, and environmental groups attending the signing event.
The Governor was joined by St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Housing and Community Development, Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, Natural Resources Board Chairman Ron Shems, key lawmakers, members of the business community, and local officials.