April 2018
Quick Links
Are you interested in a specific topic?

Click on a category below to be brought right to that section.
Table of Contents
CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


5/1, 9:00am: CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

5/1, 11:00am: CCRPC Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

5/1, 12:30pm: CCRPC MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

5/2, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

5/2, 6:00pm: Winooski Ave. Transportation Study Project Advisory Committee Meeting #1 (Fletcher Free Library, Burlington)

5/8, 9:00am: Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

5/9, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee

5/16, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting
Around the County: Photo of the Month
   The new greenride bikeshare hub in downtown Winooski.

Click photo to enlarge

Traffic Alerts

Sign up for the CCRPC's weekly Traffic Alert email -- your source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County during the 2018 season!


GMT Transit Alerts

Occasionally, GMT makes service modifications due to weather, road conditions, construction, special events, etc. Check the Service Alerts page for current service modifications and updates.


Volunteer opportunities with United Way of Northwest VT

View current and upcoming volunteer activities with the United Way of Northwest Vermont. Search all volunteer needs, or search by date, family-friendly opportunities, and more.


Bolton: Sharon Murray

Buel's Gore: Garret Mott

Burlington: Andy Montroll

Charlotte: Jim Donovan

Colchester: Jeffrey Bartley

Essex: Jeff Carr

Essex Junction: Dan Kerin

Hinesburg: Andrea Morgante

Huntington: Barbara Elliott

Jericho: Catherine McMains

Milton: Tony Micklus

Richmond: Bard Hill

Shelburne: John Zicconi

South Burlington: Chris Shaw

St. George: Jeff Pillsbury

Underhill: Brian Bigelow

Westford: Dave Tilton

Williston: Chris Roy, Chair

Winooski: Michael O'Brien, Vice Chair

For more information, including Commission agendas and minutes, schedule and resources, click here.
CCRPC  Staff

Charlie Baker, Executive Director

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner

Pam Brangan, GISP, GIS Data & IT Manager

Jason Charest, PE, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Eleni Churchill, Transportation Program Manager

Forest Cohen, Senior Business Manager

Bryan Davis, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Marshall Distel, Transportation Planner

Chris Dubin, Transportation Planner

Bernie Ferenc, Transportation Business Manager

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Peter Keating, Senior Transportation Planner

Lee Krohn, AICP, Senior Planner

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Emily Nosse-Leirer, Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Michelle Thibault, Finance Assistant

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information, click here.
Good morning,

After a month into spring, we're finally starting to see warmer temperatures! Spring means many things for us at CCRPC: the fine-tuning of our budget and work program for the fiscal year ahead; the hiring of our summer interns; the kick-off of our seasonal Traffic Alert Program (sign up here);  and an overall desire to be outdoors (try out the new greenride bikeshare bikes for your short trips).
In celebration of spring, here are some upcoming events in Chittenden County and beyond:
  • April 27-29: 52nd Vermont Maple Festival | From window displays to concessions and vendors, the streets of St. Albans are packed for this family-friendly festival.
  • April 28: 6th Annual Day in the Dirt | A community and school garden work day to kick off the growing season throughout the City of Burlington and beyond.
  • May 3: Arbor Day Conference | In honor of Arbor Day, the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program will host the state's annual Arbor Day Conference on May 3 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
  • May 4: 2018 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit | This year's Summit, held in White River Jct., will include interactive mobile workshops, peer exchanges, a highly-acclaimed keynote, and a variety of dynamic presentations and topics including advocacy and education, safe and healthy communities, economic development, and the built environment.
  • May 4: Arbor Day & Community Tree Planting Event | The Rethink Runoff Stream Team is seeking volunteers for a community planting event on Vermont Arbor Day. They will plant trees along Muddy Brook in South Burlington and Allen Brook in Williston.
  • May 5: 47th Annual Green Up Day | Communities around the state gather on Green Up Day to collectively reduce the amount of litter dotting our roadsides and landscapes.
  • May 23: Vermont Clean Cities Electric Vehicle Showcase Event | EV showcase and ride-and-drive event featuring a wide variety of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles currently available at local dealerships.
These are just a few of the many great events happening in the next few weeks that will help us gear up for the exciting season ahead. Enjoy the weather!
Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
CCRPC's Seasonal Traffic Alert Program is Back for the 2018 Construction Season
The CCRPC provides a weekly Traffic Alert email service, the source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County. Learn More & Sign Up »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Register Now for the Vermont Walk/Bike Summit: May 4
The 2018 Vermont Walk Bike Summit is coming up on May 4th, 2018 at the Barrette Center in White River Junction. Register by Friday, April 27 to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate of $35, which includes a delicious boxed lunch from one of three local food venues.  This year's Summit will include interactive mobile workshops, peer exchanges, a highly-acclaimed keynote Russ Roca, co-owner of The Path Less Pedaled - a bike travel blog-turned-business - and a variety of dynamic presentations and topics including advocacy and education, safe and healthy communities, economic development, and the built environment.  Learn More & Register »
New Chittenden County Bikeshare System Launched April 18
greenride bikeshare launched on April 18 with bike hubs located in Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski. The membership-based system will add high-tech bikes to some of Chittenden County's busiest, short-range commuter routes.  
Approval of RRFBs in Vermont
On March 20, 2018, FHWA issued an Interim Approval that once again allows the use of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) as a "pedestrian-actuated conspicuity enhancement" for pedestrian and school warning signs under certain conditions.  
South Burlington City Council Endorses Preferred Alternative in I-89 Bike/Pedestrian Crossing Study
On April 16, following a presentation by CCRPC, South Burlington City staff and Stantec Consulting, the South Burlington City Council endorsed the preferred alternative for bike/pedestrian crossing improvements of I-89 near Exit 14 in South Burlington. CCRPC oversaw this scoping study that developed and evaluated numerous alternatives following a robust public involvement process. The recommended alternative is to construct a separate bike/pedestrian bridge south of the existing US2 road bridge just north of the University Mall. This completes Phase I of the study. A follow-up Phase II will begin in July and will evaluate more specific aspects of this project such as the type and cost of the bridge and how it would connect to Williston Road and adjoining properties. The report and City Council Presentation can be viewed here.
Transportation Project News & Updates
For a full list of transportation projects, visit the CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee website; a full project list is provided in every TAC agenda and is updated regularly. View the latest TAC agenda »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 28th Annual Spring Conference: May 15
Join the VBSR for a full day of education, inspiration, and networking on May 15, 2018, at the University of Vermont.  Learn More »
Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2018: May 24
The Expo is the region's largest business-to-business trade show and hosts 150 exhibitors, showcasing the latest in cutting edge products and services for the 3,000 business people who visit the one-day show.  Learn More »
Official Launch of ExporTech 2018
ExporTech is an export assistance program sponsored by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and delivered by the  Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, which helps Vermont companies enter or expand in global markets.  This year's program will be supporting a number of Vermont businessesLearn More »
Chittenden County Brownfields Program Accepting Applications
If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form.  Learn More »
Energy & Natural Resources
Implementing ECOS Strategies 3 & 4
Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo - RFPs Due May 18
The theme of REV2018 is "REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Faster, Together." On October 18th & 19th, leaders in energy, policy, finance, and planning will come together in Burlington to share, learn, and network, around revitalizing our clean energy transformation. Topics of interest include: Comprehensive energy planning, codes, renewable integration, grid modernization, transportation electrification, and more.  Learn More »
Vermont Clean Cities Electric Vehicle Showcase: May 23
Join Vermont Clean Cities Coalition for an EV showcase and ride-and-drive event featuring a wide variety of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles currently available at local dealerships.  Learn More »
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Special Election - Winooski Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote: May 8
The Main Street Revitalization project includes the complete modernization of infrastructure on Main Street between the rail bridge and the City line at Exit 16. All Winooski registered voters are invited to the polls between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on May 8 to cast their votes.   Learn More »
2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Accepting Applications Through May 16
The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications to fund "quick-action" projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP's nationwide work on Livable Communities, helping neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages Learn More »
2018 ECOS Plan - Second Draft Available for Public Comment Through May 16
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation released the second public hearing draft of the 2018 Chittenden County ECOS Plan on April 9. The second public hearing will take place at 6:00pm on May 16, 2018 Learn More »
Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference: June 8
Join the Preservation Trust of Vermont for its annual Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference in Bristol, VT.  Learn More »
Announcing the 2018 Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits
In 2018, $2,400,000 in state income tax credits are available to projects that enhance the historic character and improve building safety of older and historic commercial and community buildings in these designated communities. The credits support general rehabilitation work, code compliance work, data and network wiring, and exterior improvements, and may be combined with the federal program. Applications for the next round of tax credits are due Monday July 2, 2018.  Learn More »
Andy Montroll, CCRPC's Burlington Representative, Wins 2018 VPA Citizen Planner of the Year Award
Andrew Montroll has served Burlington for 25 years as a City Councilor, Planning Commissioner and in community-wide initiatives.  Learn More »
2017 ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County
In an effort to track progress made on all goals in the Chittenden County ECOS Regional Plan, the ECOS Partnership monitors 90+ indicators over the year and compiles the ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County, a summary that highlights a number of regional trends and accomplishments.  The 2017 Annual Report is the fifth edition. For the third year in a row, highlighted trends and data are displayed visually in an infographic.  Learn More »
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Application Period Open Through April 30
Following the damages across the State in late June-early July, Vermont received a Federal Disaster Declaration to assist in our recovery from the disaster. With this declaration, a new Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding period is open through April 30, 2018. Learn more »
Local Emergency Operations Plans Due Before May 1
Vermont Emergency Management and local partners are currently in the process of redesigning the LEOP template . The new plan template will be more practical and action-oriented than in the past and will guide towns through the planning process more clearly.
Communities may use the current LEOP template or the new one for this year's plan, which must be submitted before May 1, 2018. Both can be found at:
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
Vermont Gives - Statewide Giving Day: May 17
Vermont Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising event designed to raise awareness about Vermont's nonprofit sector and inspire giving throughout the state.  Learn More » 
Research shows parents are still the #1 influence on teens' decision making
Vermont parents know it's important to have conversations with their kids about alcohol and other drug use. But starting the conversation can be hard. Watch videos, and get tips designed for Vermont parents on how to keep teens on the right track with it comes to alcohol and other drug use at »
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: or (802) 846-4490 x *21.