1. Close proximity: A vision for the Valley: Smart planning

    It goes on to describe a goal of "mutual consistency" among the master plans of neighboring towns and to offer a system of review of local planning coupled with recommendations for adjustment and the tools and resources to accomplish them. (Amherst is already tapping into this support in the form of PVPC assistance in crafting a Transfer of Development Rights bylaw that would help protect undeveloped outlying areas by trading building permits to denser areas.) When member towns commit to this process, they naturally bring zoning and development into line with anti-sprawl objectives across town borders.

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