31 Mar '16, 2pm

Oil heir bringing Mormon-inspired sustainable city to rural Vermont

The tiny towns in Vermont’s Upper Valley are practically postcard-worthy: White steeples, general stores where the owners know your name, rolling hills dotted with spirals of hay and contented cows. But because they are located just off Vermont’s major highway, Interstate 89, and because fiercely independent landowners have historically opposed the idea of zoning regulations, these communities frequently face challenges to their idyllic image. Self-storage companies, cell providers, retailers, and developers have put forth decidedly unbucolic plans plenty of times over the years; sometimes they win, and sometimes — as in the case of a recent effort to build a mixed-use development spurned by environmental groups — they lose . Now residents of the area have learned about an unfolding real-estate project whose scale and ambition dwarfs anything they’ve seen before. As report...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/oil-heir-plans-mormon-inspired-ec...

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