This is a film on the importance of both planning and zoning as Vermont grows. The need for coordination among communities and government agencies in saving the environment while assuring the State's economic health is stressed. As background, the living patterns of Vermonters – from when the state was primarily agricultural to the present time – are explained. Emphasis is on the importance of where people live, from the land-use point of view, and the need for towns to think of themselves as part of a region. Consequences of not planning are shown, such as the traffic problems caused by the lack of good zoning – Williston Road and the Barre-Montpelier Road. One suggested solution is off-highway shopping centers. The purposes of zoning, its proper and improper use, and the differing goals of regional planning in various areas of the state are detailed. The land-control problems in Windham County are outlined, with emphasis on why regional planning must play a major role in solving those problems while working with the communities affected. Choosing our Tomorrows summarizes the statewide planning efforts, the decisions that will have to be made as to where people and commerce will be centered and why the decisions must be made, and also the value of the State land-use plan, State zoning, and State environmental controls.
Production aided by a grant from Title I of the Higher Education Act of 1965
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