How we use and develop land dictates where we can live, how much we drive and whether or not we protect our farm and forest lands.

Here in Vermont, we benefit from decades of community-driven land use planning that set our state apart for protecting natural resources while fostering our downtowns and village centers. Yet we’re also experiencing — along with the rest of the country — the impacts of land development that has been misguided or poorly planned through the connected crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and housing affordability.