Vermont Chamber statement on S.100, legislative action on housing

Vermont Business Magazine Regarding S100 (An act relating to housing opportunities made for everyone) now being considered in the Legislature, Vermont Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government Affairs, Megan Sullivan: “For an economically secure, sustainable, and equitable future, Vermont needs more people to be able to move here to live and work. S100, the ‘HOME’ bill, would make meaningful progress to create more housing, but only if the legislation is not stripped of its essential zoning reform elements.

"98 municipalities have adopted a Declaration of Inclusion, an initiative with the intent to attract people to Vermont to live, work and raise families in a state that values and encourages diversity in its population. But, when it comes to building housing for new community members, Vermonters in these same cities and towns are discouraging development. We can no longer allow state and local regulatory processes to be used to derail housing opportunities.”

As introduced, S100: "This bill proposes to increase the supply of affordable housing in this State, promote homeownership, and broaden housing opportunities for Vermonters." It deals with zoning and changes to Act 250. Governor Scott said today at his weekly press conference that he supports the bill as currently written and acknowledged the bill has a long way to go through the process.

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Montpelier, VT (March 1, 2023) – Vermont Chamber of Commerce