Almost all Vermont towns seem to pine for people to move there, build a house, add to the grandlist and hopefully reduce taxes for all. If we take a closer look at Windham we can see that there are natural limitations to building here.
Let’s start by just looking at were houses are now. The photo shows houses and wetlands. Also shown is Windham roads with a 200 foot buffer on each side marked by a dotted line. Notice how almost all houses are built within that 200 feet. There’s good reasons for being close to a main road; its kept clear of snow and in good repair, the expense of ploughing your own driveway, access by fire trucks, ambulance and delivery vehicles are other sensible reasons.
In a future posts I’ll show some other constraints on building houses here.