Vermont

2 Vermont towns oppose development inspired by Mormon leader

  • Residents line up to vote at the annual Town Meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tunbridge, Vt. The town voted overwhelming against a large-scale development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

    Residents line up to vote at the annual Town Meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tunbridge, Vt. The town voted overwhelming against a large-scale development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)  (The Associated Press)

  • An assortment of pies sits ready for residents to enjoy at the annual Town Meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tunbridge, Vt. The town voted overwhelming against a large-scale development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

    An assortment of pies sits ready for residents to enjoy at the annual Town Meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tunbridge, Vt. The town voted overwhelming against a large-scale development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ted Hoyt talks to fellow residents at the annual Town Meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tunbridge, Vt. The town voted overwhelming against a large-scale development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

    Ted Hoyt talks to fellow residents at the annual Town Meeting Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Tunbridge, Vt. The town voted overwhelming against a large-scale development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)  (The Associated Press)

Voters in two small Vermont towns have opposed a massive development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith.

Voters in Tunbridge and Royalton voted overwhelmingly Tuesday against the idea on Town Meeting Day. Sharon and Strafford are considering similar proposals.

David Hall has been buying land near Smith's birthplace in Sharon, Vermont, to build — years in the future — an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development with housing for 20,000 people. He has said the community wouldn't be based on religion and would be open to anyone.

Organizers of the Town Meeting Day votes had wanted to gauge residents' feelings on the project and send a message to the developer.

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This story has been corrected to show that Royalton, not South Royalton, was voting on the plane.