Village Growth Simulation
To explore values relating to how a Vermont community should grow. What do
What makes a good village?
Do you want the village to grow?
How do you like the Idea of the government
telling you what you can and can’t do?
To encourage thought about the pressures and governing mechanisms relating
to contemporary Vermont settlement patterns.
Why do some villages grow and others shrink or
stay the same size?
You need residences to support businesses
You need a tax base to support public projects
But you need businesses and public projects to attract residents
Taxes (public projects)
Zoning – Rules, Premits
Each student plays at least two roles
A voting member of the community
Some students may take on roles in the government
Teachers will use their judgment to simulate economic factors
First, we’ll examine the values of the community and develop a plan for
Each student will propose a structure to design and a property to develop.
Proposals will include:
Type (residential, business, public)
Size (square footage, housing units, capacity,
Quality (economy, medium, luxury)
Special Features (garage, barn, porch)
If the teachers decide that a proposal is economically viable, then the
student will proceed with architectural design
Complete designs will be presented to the ‘market’ for ‘sale’
When a property is sold
It gets posted and the sales price goes to influence the appraisal and sale
of comparable properties
It gets added to the grand list