Designated Villages & Downtowns
Vermont Downtown Program
The Vermont Downtown Program was established in 1994 to provide technical assistance and training to communities and help them develop skills and strategies for their downtown revitalization efforts. It is part of the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation.
The 1998 Downtown Development Act provides substantial support for downtown revitalization. Towns that receive downtown designation under the Act are eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits, loans and grants from various state agencies. To qualify, towns must develop a comprehensive revitalization strategy for the downtown district and demonstrate broad-based community support. The strategy must involve a long-term commitment to enhancing economic opportunities, preserving historic buildings, and improving public spaces and infrastructure in the commercial district. Interested communities should contact the Vermont Downtown Program for more information. While participation in the Vermont Downtown Program’s Comprehensive Training Program is recommended, it is not required for downtown designation.
The following towns have Downtown Designation status in our region:
|Town Name||Expiration Date|
|Hartford - White River Junction||September 2024|
The Second Downtown Development Act (2002) created a new level of designation for Village Centers. Village centers are eligible for benefits including tax credits and priority consideration from other state programs and agencies.
The Following Towns have Village Designation status in our region:
|Town Name||Expiration Date||Expiration Year|
|Corinth: Cookeville||January 2029||2029|
|Corinth: East Corinth||January 2029||2029|
|Hartford Village Center||March 2025||2025|
Hartland 3 Corners
|Hartland: Hartland 4 Corner||November 2025||2025|
|Hartland: North Hartland||November 2025||2025|
|Lower Granville||July 2030||2030|
|Newbury: Newbury Village||January 2024||2024|
|Newbury: Wells River Village||January 2024||2024|
|Plymouth: Tyson||November 2030||2030|
|Plymouth: Union||November 2030||2030|
|Randolph||East Randolph 2028||2028|
|South Royalton||March 2024||2024|
|Strafford: South Strafford||September 2026||2026|
|Thetford Village Designation: East Thetford||April 2029||2029|
|Thetford Village Designation: North Thetford||April 2029||2029|
|Thetford Village Designation: Post Mills||April 2029||2029|
|Thetford Village Designation: Thetford Center||April 2029||2029|
|Thetford Village Designation: Thetford Hill||April 2029||2029|
|Upper Granville||July 2030||2030|
|West Fairlee||June 2031||2031|
|Woodstock: Taftsville||June 2031||2031|
For more information on the Vermont Downtown and Village Designation program, go to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Revitalization web site. Instructions on how a community can apply for Downtown or Village Designation can be downloaded from this site.
TRORC can help you apply for Downtown or Village designation. Most of the towns in our region are of a size where Village Designation is most appropriate. To date we have applied for and successfully received village designation for 34 villages and 2 downtowns throughout our region. We can assist you with the entire process, including education about the program, application and mapping free of cost.