REGIONAL NOTES
February 2018
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


MARCH

3/6: Vermont Town Meeting Day

3/7, 9:00am: CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

3/7, 11:00am: CCRPC Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

3/7, 12:30pm: CCRPC MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

3/7, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

3/8, 8:30am: CCRPC Long-Range Planning Committee

3/13, 9:00am: Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

3/14, 2:00pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee

3/21, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting

3/22, 5:30pm: CCRPC UPWP Committee Meeting
 
 
Around the County: Photo of the Month
   Bolton Valley Ski Area on February 19, 2018.
 
Photo by Christine Forde

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How to lower your monthly electricity costs

Control your usage and reduce your monthly bill using this guide. It covers four drivers of high energy costs and describes simple steps you can take on your own.

 

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.

 
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, 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,

We're pleased to announce the release of the 2017 ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County. The Annual Report is a short infographic that visually displays some of the most interesting trends and notable accomplishments from 2017 relating to people, place, and prosperity in Chittenden County. ECOS stands for Environment, Community, Opportunity, Sustainability.

View the Annual Report and accompanying online data Scorecard here.

The 2017 ECOS Annual Report summarizes progress toward the goals set in the 2013 Chittenden County ECOS Plan, the combined Regional Plan, Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Chittenden County.

A few notable highlights from the 2017 ECOS Annual Report include: 
  • Opioid Crisis | The wait list for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) has fluctuated over time, reaching monthly levels as high as 302. However, in September 2017, the wait list reached zero and remained at zero through the end of the year.
  • Diversity | 94% of the population growth in the last six years has been non-white and Hispanic. This equates to 4,529 of the additional 4,826 people from 2010-2016. For many business owners, such immigrant workers have been a vital reason why their businesses have been able to thrive in recent years.
  • Clean Water | We continue to work toward the goal of reducing excess phosphorus in Lake Champlain by 34% statewide. Stormwater runoff from roads is a notable phosphorus input to the lake. CCRPC has been assisting our municipalities in identifying the problem areas and defining solutions for them. We'll continue this work now that the Municipal Roads General Permit is released.
All data informing the Annual Report is found in the ECOS Scorecard, an interactive online platform that promotes easy access to the indicators that measure how Chittenden County is doing. To access the online platform and track how Chittenden County is doing year to year on a wide variety of topic areas, click here.

To learn more about the ECOS Plan, visit http://www.ecosproject.com or contact info@ccrpcvt.org

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
 
Of Note
Town Meeting Day & Local Elections: March 6
For more information, view the Citizen's Guide to Town Meeting, visit your municipality's website, or the Secretary of State's website  »
 
Transportation
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Registration Now Open 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.  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 »
Downtown Transportation Fund and Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Grant Announcement; Applications Due March 19
The Department of Housing and Community Development announced the availability of approximately $335,000 in Downtown Transportation Fund Grants to support revitalization efforts in Designated Downtowns and approximately $20,000 in Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment funding to support DC fast charge and Level 2 charging stations on publicly owned property in both Designated Downtowns and Designated Village Centers.
New FHWA Guide Focuses on Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities
As communities work to foster economic development, improve safety, provide more flexible public space, and accommodate demand for more walking and bicycling, shared streets are being implemented throughout the U.S.  
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. 
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
Save the Date - 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 »
ThinkVermont Seeks Social Media Ambassadors
ThinkVermont is a state-sponsored campaign designed to spread the word - Vermont is a great place to live, work and start a business. You can help by becoming a ThinkVermont Ambassador. By sharing a few social media posts per month about the many resources and assets unique to Vermont, you can help expand awareness about our amazing stateLearn 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
Vermont Tree Stewards Awards: Nominations Due March 30
Each year the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program and Council sponsors the Vermont Tree Stewards Awards as a way to recognize our state's urban and community forestry champions.  Learn More »
Winooski NRCD Annual Tree and Shrub Sale & Pick-Up Event
The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District has announced the opening of pre-orders for its annual Tree and Shrub sale, Trout sale and brand new sale featuring art to benefit the environment. This year the Tree/Shrub pick-up date (4/21) will be in combination with an educational event showcasing conservation projects, activities you can do on your own property, partner organizations, displays and local perennial vendors on hand for you to purchase plants from.  Learn More »
DEC's new Environmental Notice Bulletin is now live
Act 150 passed in May 2016 to standardized and consolidate DEC public notice and comment processes. The law required DEC to establish an electronic uniform system and location for public notices via the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). The ENB will provide the public with information about applications that are under consideration by DEC and includes permit, certification, and registration applications for most DEC programs.  Learn More »
 
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
NEW: 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 »
73rd Town Officers' Education Conferences: April 3 & 10 
Each year, TOEC provides training for more than 300 municipal officials and citizen volunteers in two Vermont locations. The conferences, going into their 73rd year, are organized by University of Vermont Extension in partnership with several participating organizations. They are designed to help town clerks, planners, listers, select board members and other officials do their jobs more effectively by providing updates on tax laws and regulations, municipal recordkeeping and effective strategies for handling planning, zoning and other town issues.  Learn More »
Let's Talk Progress Speaker Series
Let's Talk Progress is a speaker series about what Burlington could be -- and how smart growth can help us get there. Join national and local expert speakers in a series of discussions about a brighter future for our city.   Learn More »
 
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Regional Dispatch Vote: March 6
On March 6, 2018, seven Chittenden County municipalities will be asked whether to form the Chittenden County Public Safety Authority, a new union municipal district to provide regional emergency dispatch services (police, fire, and emergency medical services). Voting towns include Burlington, Colchester, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski.

Below are some quick links for more information; you can also review this project in full detail on the project webpage »
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.
 
It is expected that the new LEOP template will incorporate changes from the community and be finalized in late February 2018.  Communities may use the current LEOP template or the new one for this year's plan, which must be submitted after town meeting day and before May 1, 2018. Both can be found at: http://vem.vermont.gov/plans/local
 
Please  contact Lee Krohn, CCRPC Senior Planner, for further information or for assistance with updating your LEOP.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Application Period Open
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 »
Current Account Holders Need to Re-Register for VT-Alert Upgrade
VT-Alert is used by the state and local responders to notify the public of emergency situations. It has gone through a significant upgrade to further improve its capabilities for Vermonters. VT-Alert is the state's notification system for emergencies, Amber Alerts, weather, road conditions, and more. With this upgrade comes improved functionality, a new look, and a smartphone app Register or Re-Register Today »
 
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
Building Bright Futures 2017 Annual Report: How Are Vermont's Young Children and Families?
The purpose of this annual report is to provide a factual depiction of the state of young child and family well-being in Vermont, as well as progress on selected indicators and outcomes for the early care, health, and education system.   Learn More » and read the Chittenden Region Report » 
 
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.