What is NewVistas?
A “NewVistas” is a corporate run development of 50 densely-populated, self-contained communities of 20,000 people each (~1 million total). The NewVistas model is engineered to be massively scalable; when the first “campus” is completed, the next one will be built, and the campuses will be connected via underground podways. The buildings are designed to be modular and built in a factory for large-scale production and simplicity.
The communities are considered self-sufficient providing their own utilities (via natural gas, wind and solar), school systems, religious services, banks, recreational facilities, and even local governance and its own “econosystem” through “Vistabizzes”. In this regard, NewVistas is a closed community; only those who reside there would use these resources, and they would have no reason to use any resources in the localities outside of the NewVistas campus. Each participant (resident) of the NewVistas community will be required to hand over all of their assets (including intellectual property) to the NewVistas Trust, the for-profit entity that owns the community.
Who is David Hall?
NewVistas was founded by David Hall, a Utah billionaire 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). Mr. Hall plans to purchase 5,000 acres in the rural towns of Royalton, Tunbridge, Stafford, and Sharon, VT to construct his first 20,000 person community near the birthplace of Joseph Smith. While he claims his plans to build are decades off, in less than two years he has purchased over 1500 acres in these towns. Ultimately, Mr. Hall’s vision is to develop NewVistas megalopolises worldwide.
What is wrong with the idea of NewVistas for Vermont?
Mr. Hall’s goal is to build sustainable, low impact communities all over the globe. While AVC supports the concept of sustainable development, Mr. Hall’s NewVistas plan is not a sustainable solution for Vermont. NewVistas would destroy our rural landscapes, natural resources, and disrupt our local economies. The environmental, economic and social impacts of a NewVistas development would erase our history, erode our culture, cheapen our craftsmanship, and eliminate our relationship to the land by destroying it. It is an example of how the power of money and the single vision of a wealthy man can be used to drown out the voices of the local communities.
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.
Join us in developing a sustainable vision for Vermont by Vermonters.