REGIONAL NOTES
December 2017
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


JANUARY

1/3, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

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

1/9, 11:00am: CCRPC Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

1/9, 12:30pm: CCRPC MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

1/10, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee

1/17: CCRPC Board Meeting
 
 
Around the County: Photo of the Month
   The first snow of the season in Charlotte, VT.
 
Photo by Lee Krohn 

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Assessing your energy use in three steps

You can greatly reduce your heat loss and lower your bills by improving air sealing and insulation. Grab a pad of paper and a pencil (or your smartphone), walk through your building, and make a note of any air leaks and missing insulation.

 
CCRPC 
Commission Representatives

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, 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-Hatch, Finance Assistant

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

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

Over the last two months, we've provided an overview of the current process we're undertaking to update the 2013 ECOS Regional Plan, including two public participation opportunities on the first two draft sections - energy and the economy. We received many great comments; thank you to everyone who takes the time to review these drafts that will become the 2018 ECOS Regional Plan.

The third and final draft section (transportation) is now available for public review and comment through January 5th, 2018. The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is a document that identifies strategies, actions and projects that will lead to an integrated multimodal transportation system to facilitate the safe and efficient, clean (reduce dependence on fossil fuels) movement of people and goods. This is a surface transportation plan and does not address aviation or maritime issues. A brief overview of the update and the full draft MTP are available for review and comment at:
http://www.ecosproject.com/2018-ecos-plan

CCRPC is preparing a complete first draft of the 2018 ECOS Plan by January 2018 with final approval scheduled for June 2018. Please stay tuned for more opportunities to review and provide feedback on the full draft plan.

For more information on the ECOS Plan and the update process, please visit: http://www.ecosproject.com/2018-ecos-plan. If you have any questions or would like to share any general thoughts, please contact info@ccrpcvt.org.

Wishing you a happy holiday season!

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
 
Transportation
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
2017 Old Spokes Home Holiday Kids Bike Bonanza Provides Over 100 Bicycles
Over 100 kids went home with new-to-them bikes on December 14th as part of the 2017 Old Spokes Home Holiday Kids Bike Bonanza. Dozens of volunteers, including CCRPC staff, helped this effort by collecting, refurbishing, transporting, and then distributing these bikesLearn More »
Way to Go! School Challenge Awards Ceremony
Way to Go! organizers, state officials including Secretaries Holcombe and Moore, and VTrans Policy, Planning, & Intermodal Development Director, Michele Boomhower, honored the top performing schools at a special ceremony on December 6 in the Vermont Statehouse to celebrate and congratulate the winners of this year's Way to Go! School Challenge

Designed to encourage a culture of shared mobility, the Way to Go! School Challenge seeks to get people moving, support cleaner air and reduce fossil fuel consumption. About 9,000 students, faculty and staff participated in this year's Way to Go! School Challenge from 48 schools across the state -- a 23% increase in school participation from 2016. This year, 38 of the participating schools met the 50 percent participation criteria to be eligible to win the big prize - an AllEarth Renewables Solar Tracker - won by Hartland Elementary.  
CATMA Regional Bikeshare to Launch 2018
The University of Vermont and Champlain College, in partnership with CATMA are planning to launch a pilot bikeshare system in Spring 2018 with the intent that it will expand into a regional system throughout Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski communities.
Green Mountain Transit Service Alerts
Occasionally, GMT makes service modifications due to weather, road conditions, construction, special events, etc. Check the Service Alerts page often for current service modifications and updates. 
Work Finished on Northern Burlington Bike Path
A major phase of work on popular 3-mile section of the Burlington bike path is complete, officials announced during a news conference on December 20th.
Save the Date for the 2018 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit
The 2018 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit will be held on May 4, 2018 in White River Junction at the Barrette Center for the Arts. Stay tuned for more details!
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 »
 
Economy
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
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 »
A Former Brownfield Site, City Market/Onion River Co-op is Open for Business
City Market Co-op on 207 Flynn Ave. in Burlington was a former brownfield site. Brownfield funding supports redeveloping vacant and under utilized properties benefiting the community and the local economy.  Learn More »
 
Energy & Natural Resources
Implementing ECOS Strategies 3 & 4
Lake Champlain Research Conference: January 8-9
Focusing on the past, present, and particularly the future of the Lake, the conference will include interdisciplinary sessions on climate change, cyanobacteria, native fish restoration, contaminants and toxins, stormwater management technology, cultural and heritage resources, flood resilience, education and outreach, and more. The conference will bring together Lake and watershed stakeholders, including researchers, management practitioners, and the public, to learn the state of research on Lake Champlain and will provide an opportunity for discussion, networking, and potential collaboration Learn More »
Municipal Enhanced Energy Planning - Best Practices and Resources - Final Draft Available
The final draft of the Municipal Enhanced Energy Planning - Best Practices and Resources is now available. It is the final deliverable from the Year 1 Act 174 Technical Assistance contract with the Department of Public Service. It is designed to outline best practices for municipal enhanced energy planning and is intended to be used by both municipalities and RPCs. The document will be updated in future years by the RPCs to account for further RPC and municipal experience.   Learn More »
Vermont Lawmakers Eye New Incentives for Electric Vehicle Purchases
Financial incentives for people who buy electric vehicles will be among several clean energy proposals up for debate in Montpelier next year.  Learn More » 
National Park Service Accepting Proposals for the Save America's Treasures Grant Program
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America's Treasures program. The deadline for applications through Grants.gov is February 21, 2018.  Learn More »
 
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
CVOEO Releases Illustrated Guide for Vermont Renters
The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity has released a digital version of An Illustrated Guide to Vermont Renter's Rights. The guide is narrated by cartoons that explain tenant rights and responsibilities throughout the rental process, and suggests resources for renters who need additional assistance. The guide is currently available in English, French, Arabic, and Nepali.   Learn More »
Chittenden County ECOS Plan Update
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission is embarking on the 2018 ECOS Plan, an update to the 2013 ECOS Plan. This update will focus mainly on updates to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, and will serve as the Region's Enhanced Energy Plan. The CCRPC's Long-Range Planning Committee is leading this effort, along with assistance from sub-committees and the Transportation Advisory Committee. Additionally, the Transportation Demand Model is being updated to enhance to region's travel forecasting capabilities and to inform the transportation sections of the Plan. There will be a number of opportunities to participate throughout this update process.   Learn More »
 
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Regional Dispatch Implementation Study Update
This project seeks to better coordinate emergency services among neighboring communities in Chittenden County. View the latest project update and learn more »
 
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
New Public Engagement Guide for Vermont Communities
Vermont has a long tradition of public engagement, from the centuries-old town meeting to modern day online forums. But while Vermonters may feel that they want to engage in our myriad democratic opportunities, it is clear that many of the conventional opportunities for engagement aren't working so well. Strengthening and Sustaining Public Engagement in Vermont: A Planning Guide for Communities was created by Public Agenda with support from the Innovations and Collaborations program at the Vermont Community Foundation. This is a guide for all Vermonters -- including people working in school systems or local governments, elected officials and all Vermont residents who want to be meaningfully engaged in the public life of their communities. Learn more: https://www.publicagenda.org/media/public-engagement-in-vermont
CCOA Opioid Scorecard
The Chittenden County Opioid Alliance (CCOA) Scorecard contains indicators chosen to best measure the work the Alliance is doing. Data on the Scorecard is specific to Chittenden County's opioid crisis with context and data comparisons to national trends. Scorecard Metrics include: # of accidental opioid overdose fatalities in Chittenden County, # of opioid-related Emergency Department visits at UVM Medical Center and average time spent on Chittenden County treatment hub wait list. To see more metrics and learn specifics about the work the Alliance is measuring, click here.
 
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: evaughn@ccrpcvt.org or (802) 846-4490 x *21.