Vermont HOME Act of 2023 (Act 47)

Governor Scott signed Act 47, also known as the HOME Act,  into law in June making changes to the Planning & Development statute, Act 250, and other laws to enable new opportunities for housing development within local, regional, and state planning and development regulations. Most significant for Windham region towns are the municipal zoning reforms that address new requirements for allowed residential uses, minimum density allowances, and off-street parking. Some of these provisions went into effect on July 1st and others will be phased in. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has created a Resources Page that includes a summary of the Act and an online form for towns to submit questions. DHCD will be issuing answers to frequently asked questions on this website and will provide more detailed guidance later this summer.

Once DHCD issues its municipal guidance, WRC will be able to advise towns about bylaw updates to comply with the new law. We strongly encourage towns to work with their town attorneys as well when making bylaw revisions. Please note the zoning reforms only impact towns with adopted zoning bylaws. However, all towns should still review the legislation as there are other relevant requirements – for example there is additional information and data now required for the local housing element in town plans.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Bachler, Senior Planner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-257-4547, ext. 112.


Last Updated: 25 August 2023
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