December 2018
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


12/25: CCRPC Office Closed


1/1: CCRPC Office Closed

1/2, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

1/8, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

1/8, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

1/8, 12:15pm: Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

[CANCELED] 1/9, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

1/16, 6:00pm:  Public Hearing: FY20 UPWP & Budget (Part of Regular CCRPC Board Meeting)

1/16, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting


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Neighbor Rides Program & Volunteer Opportunities

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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

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Emily Nosse-Leirer, Senior Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information,  click here.
Good afternoon,
On December 11th, we held our 2018 Chittenden County Municipal Legislative Breakfast to serve as a forum for municipal representatives and legislators to connect on a few important topics for the upcoming legislative session. This event was well attended and yielded some useful discussion.
To recap, we addressed: economic development and workforce, mental health and substance use, smart growth and housing goals, transportation, water quality, Act 250 and permit system changes, regional planning, and shared services. View the full presentation here. Following an overview of each topic, the discussion focused on what can be done at the municipal, regional, and State level to make improvements to our systems and progress toward our goals.
We also offered to help legislators with obtaining expert municipal testimony, data, or mapping on any of those topics or others that come before the legislature. Please let us know how we can help.
As we look toward 2019 and reflect on the many ways we all work collectively to improve our communities, we'd like to thank each of you for staying in touch and involved with the CCRPC throughout the year.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season from all of us at the CCRPC!

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
FY20 Annual Work Plan (UPWP) Application Materials Available
The CCRPC is seeking project applications for next fiscal year's work program, the FY20 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Applications are due January 18, 2019.  
CCRPC Staff Update
Lee Krohn, a CCRPC Senior Planner for the last five years, has been hired by the Town of Shelburne to serve as Town Manager. We thank Lee for his contributions to CCRPC and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role!
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Last Chance to Take the Survey! VTrans Statewide Public Transit Policy Plan
Do you ride the bus? Carpool? Uber? VTrans wants your input and has been holding regional forums throughout the state this fall to gather feedback on existing public transportation services, service gaps and challenges, and potential solutions from stakeholders and transit riders.   An interactive survey is currently available to provide feedback through the end of the year.
Winooski Avenue Transportation Study Underway
The City of Burlington and the CCRPC, with assistance from Resource Systems Group (RSG), are looking at ways to make this important roadway safe, inviting, and convenient for users of all ages and abilities -- including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders. We are studying the entire length of Winooski Avenue, from the intersection with Riverside Avenue to the intersection of Howard Street (at St. Paul Street).  Visit the project website to learn more »
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
Colchester Named "Best Place to Live in Vermont" by Money Magazine
Colchester has been named to Money Magazine's "Best Place to Live in Vermont" for 2018. Colchester was named to Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live in America" in 2015 and "Best Place to Live in Vermont" in 2017. Learn 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
Clean Water Board Meeting: December 21, 2-4pm
The Clean Water Board meets this Friday, December 21st to review results of the recent public comment period and finalize the draft fiscal year 2020 clean water fund budget. The meeting agenda and materials, including online questionnaire results and public comments received, are posted online. This meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing Marli Rupe.
Vermont Climate Economy Initiative: Apply Now for the Model Communities Program [Applications Due January 18]
The Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program invites proposals from Vermont towns and local leaders interested in increasing local economic prosperity by working together to identify home, business, and community solutions to address climate change. Two communities will be selected to work with the program in 2019.  Learn More »
Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Offering Grants Focusing on Emerald Ash Borer Municipal Planning - Applications Due January 31
Vermont Urban and Community Forestry is pleased to announce $40,000 in cost-share grants available for 2019. These grants will support efforts to prepare for and manage the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on all species of ash trees, killing over 99% within four years of infestation. Vermont is home to an estimated 160 million ash trees.
"A Vermonter's Guide to Residential Solar" -  New Edition Reflects Changes in Net Metering Rules
Since 2016, Vermonters interested in installing a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system have relied on "A Vermonter's Guide to Residential Solar," a free guidebook produced by the Clean Energy States Alliance and the Vermont Public Service Department. The guide was updated in the fall of 2018 to reflect changes in Vermont's net metering rules.
Ready for Winter? Get the Button Up Vermont DIY Checklist
Button Up Vermont is a statewide effort to cut energy needed for heating and cooling. Get the best strategies for air sealing, insulating, and electricity savings, and pick up free weatherization tools and a DIY checklist that could earn you $100 back for making improvements to your home. Free contractor visits are also available in participating communities.
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Winter Storm Fact Sheets Available in Multiple Languages
The Vermont Department of Health has informational sheets regarding winter storm facts and what to do when the power goes out; these are available in many different languages.  Learn More »
Flood Training Website Launched is now fully available for administrative officers (AO) of municipal flood hazard and river corridor bylaws. The site features tools and case studies for AOs, members of Development Review Boards and other community officials. The new site complements with its focus on community planning for flood resilience, and the technical materials available at the DEC Rivers page. Learn More »
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Vermont Housing Finance Agency Launches New Web Tools
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has launched a robust, free resource connecting Vermonters to information about housing vacancies and community needs. Low and moderate income Vermonters who lack adequate, stable housing that they can afford suffer from elevated health and safety risks. This recently reinvented resource, known as the Vermont Housing Data website, represents years of collaboration among stakeholders seeking to increase the number of stably housed Vermonters through state of the art information sharing tools. Learn More »
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Highlight: Burlington's New Year's Eve Celebration
Join the City of Burlington for its new citywide New Year's Eve celebration! Mark the beginning of your year with a series of community-produced experiences: a larger than life parade; fireworks; a giant bonfire; hands-on creative activities; diverse cultural events; modern art installations; music from across the world; storytelling sessions; and more! Highlight brings Vermont's creative thinkers, doers, makers, and friends together to create fun and purposeful happenings across the city Learn More »
Save the Date: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Spring Conference: May 15 [Workshop Proposals Due January 21]
Workshops will be designed to help CSR-minded professionals find new opportunities through values-led work. Attendees will enjoy a localvore menu, visit with 40+ exhibitors, and enjoy a cocktail reception and networking opportunities with more than 300 forward-thinking business professionals. Proposals:  Can you help to make Vermont companies the most forward-thinking with outstanding business practices? What lessons are willing to share to help create organizations that value people, profit and planet? What would you like to learn at this unique gathering of leading edge business leaders? Please help us provide Vermont businesses with an opportunity for learning, engagement and inspiration by submitting a workshop proposal or share your ideas ideas on how VBSR's 29th Annual Spring Conference can be interesting, informative, fun and engaging for you Learn More »
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: or (802) 846-4490 x *21.