Our Story

A look into how and why we came to exist.

Most people know AVC as the group that opposed the NewVistas development. What people may not know is that at our formation in August of 2016 as a 501(c)3 non-profit we decided to state what we didn’t want, and work at what we did want for our communities. The Alliance is active in partnering with local and state organizations to create a positive, thriving place that builds on its agrarian and forest related roots and continues to be a place where we hunt, hike and connect with the land.

The threat of losing some of the working landscape within the four town region of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge to a an unsustainable development known as NewVistas galvanized a group of dedicated community members into taking action. The resulting grassroots movement to protect our communities led to the founding of the Alliance for Vermont Communities in the summer of 2016.

Together we have had success in educating our local communities and the state to the proposed development. We worked to inform our neighbors and bring the potential threat to the state’s attention. As we work toward a brighter future for the area we must become a strong organization with excellent leadership and sustainable funding. We believe our presence is essential to protecting this area for present and future generations living here in central Vermont. We will engage with our community to help our organization better understand local and regional needs, and help us to be more effective in our work to develop a thriving local economy and community.

What is NewVistas?

NewVistas was a corporate run development of 20,000 people proposed to be centrally located within the four towns of Royalton, Strafford, Sharon and Strafford. NewVistas was engineered to be massively scalable; the buildings are designed to be modular and built in a factory for large-scale production and simplicity. The NewVistas project was abandoned here in Vermont, but David Hall plans to continue development in Utah and elsewhere in the world.



July 20, 2016- Bloomberg Business Week: The story breaks nationally in this coverage by Bloomberg Business Week.



March 7th, 2017 – Vermont Public Radio (VPR) summarizes opposition on Town Meeting day.

Who is David Hall?

NewVistas was founded by David Hall, a Utah resident who has invested over $100 million and more than 20 years of research into this project, which is based on Joseph Smith’s Plat of Zion (circa 1833). In less than two years he purchased over 1500 acres in Vermont.

Vermont is unique – one of the few states where you can grow or hunt your own food, give back to the land as much as it gives you, recreate in the beautiful landscapes among the hills and valleys, and know your neighbors.

Listen To The Story:


4 Vermont Towns Against One Utah Developer: What Happened With NewVistas (VPR’s Brave Little State)





Nationally Recognized:

Area threatened by proposed NewVistas development placed on the National Watch List  of Endangered places.





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