The Vermont Zoning Atlas team is seeking volunteers to help complete its build-out across the state. This is an exciting opportunity to join a national data standardization project, be part of a grassroots team and be among the first researchers to work with raw zoning data across Vermont. The project started this summer by focusing on Chittenden County towns.
The project is being led by Yoshi Bird, a PhD student in UVM's Complex Systems and Data Science Department in collaboration with a steering committee of partners from the Vermont Agency for Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Center for Geographic Information Systems, the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Windham Regional Commission, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, the Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, and Middlebury College.
Zoning regulations can be dense and difficult to read, but they represent an important part of the regulatory environment that can enable - or prevent - affordable housing development, community desegregation, climate change resiliency, and effective homelessness services delivery. Vermonters heard first-hand about the power of zoning from Sara Bronin, the founder of the National Zoning Atlas and keynote speaker at the most recent Vermont Statewide Housing Conference