Lawmakers debate housing bill

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Legislators are divided over a bill aimed at making it easier to build modestly priced housing closer to town centers in Vermont.

Some lawmakers are against the proposal because it would set up a system for rental housing inspections and tighten development regulations in rural parts of the state.

The bill would encourage construction close to community centers to prevent on sprawl and give homeowners access to services by removing Act 250 land-use regulations.

The legislation is designed to make it easier for developers to build in those areas.

But the Douglas administration and builders say those areas are too narrowly defined in the bill to yield much housing.

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