February 2020
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


3/3: Town Meeting Day

3/4, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

3/4, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

3/4, 12:30pm:
Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

3/4, 5:45pm: CCRPC Joint  Executive & Finance Committee Meeting

3/11, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

3/11, 6:00pm: Interstate 89 2050 Study Public Meeting # 3 (Winooski City Hall)

3/18, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting

3/26, 5:30pm: CCRPC UPWP Meeting # 3


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NEW: 2019 ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County

In an effort to track progress made on all ECOS goals, 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 2019 Annual Report is the sixth edition. For the fifth year in a row, highlighted trends and data are displayed visually in an infographic.

CCRPC  Board of Directors FY20 Membership

Bolton: Sharon Murray

Buel's Gore: Garret Mott

Burlington: Andy Montroll

Charlotte: Jim Donovan

Colchester: Jacqueline Murphy

Essex: Jeff Carr

Essex Junction: Dan Kerin

Hinesburg: Michael Bissonette

Huntington: Barbara Elliott

Jericho: Catherine McMains

Milton: Tony Micklus

Richmond: Bard Hill

Shelburne: John Zicconi

St. George: Jeff Pillsbury

So. Burlington: Chris Shaw

Underhill: Brian Bigelow

Westford: Allison Hope

Williston: Chris Roy

Winooski: Mike O'Brien (Chair)

For more information,  click here.

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

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Amy Irvin Witham, Business Office Associate

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Taylor Newton, Senior Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information,  click here.
Good morning,
We're pleased to announce the release of the  2019 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 2019 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 2019 ECOS Annual Report summarizes progress toward the goals set in the 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 2019 ECOS Annual Report include:
  • Opioid Crisis | In September 2017, the medication-assisted treatment waitlist reached zero and has remained virtually at zero since. The 50% decrease in accidental opioid overdose fatalities in Chittenden County from 2017-2018 has held in 2019, with 15 fatalities compared to 17 in 2018. Learn more at the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance website.
  • Building Homes Together | The BHT campaign seeks to build 3,500 new homes by 2021, 700 of which are affordable. In the first three years of the campaign (2016-2018), 280 affordable houses were added (falling short of the goal for 140/year), and 2,273 total homes were added (exceeding the goal for 700/year). Though not included in these numbers, Champlain College added 314 student beds within 105 apartments in Burlington in 2018. UVM added 304 student beds in 2017. This is an important component of the overall housing picture.
  • Clean Water | We continue to work toward reducing excess phosphorus in Lake Champlain by 34% statewide. Stormwater runoff from roads is a notable phosphorus input to the Lake, and the region has done a significant amount of work to address this issue. The CCRPC updated Road Erosion Inventories for all municipalities in Chittenden County and helped with grant applications. In 2019, the Legislature passed the Clean Water Service Delivery Act, Act 76, that establishes a system for distributing clean water funds to local partners for non-regulatory projects in each basin. CCRPC will work with municipalities and clean water stakeholders on implementation of this program.
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 or contact
Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
CCRPC Welcomes New Senior Planner, Taylor Newton
Taylor joined the CCRPC earlier this month and has over eight years of experience working with municipalities and regional planning commissions in Vermont on land use, environmental, and energy planning issues. Taylor's work is primarily focused on providing municipalities with planning, regulatory, and project management assistance. Welcome, Taylor!
CCRPC FY21 Annual Work Program Process Underway
The CCRPC has begun the process of creating the FY2021 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), our annual work program that describes our activities and specifies the deliverables for the next year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) Learn More »  
Census 2020 Available March 12; Part-Time Job Opportunities Available
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US Territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. The Census is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the Census count, and there are many part-time job opportunities available in our communities. Learn More »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
CATMA's Employee Transportation Coordinator Network Lunch & Learn Event: March 4
Telework, telecommute, mobile work, working remotely, flexible workplace, virtual work all refer to an alternative work option an employer, business or organization might offer to its employees. What are the benefits for businesses and employees? What is the impact on the bottom line and the environment? What tools and resources do employers use? Join CATMA on March 4 to learn more. Learn More »
Interstate 89 2050 Study Public Participation Opportunities: Online Survey & Public Meeting: March 11
During the 2018 update to the CCRPC's  ECOS/Metropolitan Transportation Plan , it was determined it is time for a fresh look at the Interstate 89 corridor within Chittenden County. This multi-year study will solicit input from a broad and diverse group of stakeholders and the public. The project's first survey is live, and the first round of public outreach is underway, including a public meeting on Wednesday, March 11th from 6-8pm at the Winooski City Hall. This third regional public meeting is to learn more about the study and provide input into the draft vision and goals.  Learn More »
Public Meeting: Burlington's Colchester Avenue Bikeways, Parking & Intersection Safety: April 2
The second public meeting for this project will take place on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm at the McClure Lobby Conference Room at the UVM Medical Center (111 Colchester Avenue).  Learn More About this Project »
Save the Date: 2020 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit: May 8
The 2020 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit will be held on May 8 in Middlebury featuring keynote speaker Don Kostelec, a principal at Vitruvian Planning in Boise, Idaho, and a 17-year veteran of transportation planning, health analysis, and comprehensive planning. The Summit committee is planning a robust event with sessions under these tracks: Advocacy and Funding, Built Environment, Economic Development, Safe and Healthy Communities, and Mobile Workshops. More details to come, and keep an eye on the Walk/Bike Summit webpage for udpates.
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
Launch VT Application Deadline: March 8
LaunchVT provides intensive mentorship and business acceleration services to cohorts of eight entrepreneurs. The program runs from mid-April to mid-June and features a Demo Day where it awards $35,000 in cash and over $100,000 in servicesLearn More »
New Workshop: Building Employee First Workplaces: Personnel Policies & Handbooks: March 19, Burlington
Join Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibilty for the first workshop in its Measure What Matters series on Thursday, March 19th at City Market (South End) in Burlington. This workshop will take a deep dive into the ins and outs of creating, improving, and implementing personnel policies and an employee handbook that put social responsibility at the forefront. Attendees will learn from business and human resource leaders who will present a breadth of theory and real world examples. 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
Impact Report: Button Up Vermont 2019
2019 was the biggest year ever for Button Up Vermont! View this report for high level statistics and break-outs of Home Energy Visit sign-ups by each town, event attendance where applicable, and customer engagement numbers with Efficiency Vermont's Customer Support team as a raw number and a percentage increase from 2018 to 2019.
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Downtown Transportation Fund Grants Due March 9
The Downtown Transportation Fund (DTF) is a financing tool which assists municipalities in paying for transportation-related capital improvements within or serving a Designated DowntownThis year the DTF has an additional $179,000 in funding from the Agency of Natural Resources, Clean Water Initiative. DTF projects may apply for up to $100,000 of "add on" clean water funding for eligible storm water implementation projects. Learn More »
Creative Placemaking Workshop: April 9
Join AARP and our partners to learn about Creative Placemaking, a hands-on approach to improving public spaces and making them more livable. This workshop is designed to provide those new to placemaking with ideas and tools to get started as well as for placemakers who want to build upon their existing skill set and network with other placemakers .   Learn More »
NEW: 2019 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, an infographic summary that highlights a number of regional trends and accomplishments. Learn More »
Emergency Management
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Vermont Alert
VT-ALERT is the state system that notifies Vermonters of emergency situations, weather alerts, road information, and more. Register for a free account at .
Materials from Vermont Spring Flood Open Houses
These Spring Flood Open Houses were an opportunity for officials to hear a presentation by National Weather Service about the Spring Flood Outlook for 2020, and to meet with regional, state, and federal partners to discuss what to expect this year and how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from seasonal flooding. The materials are now available on the Vermont Emergency Management website. Learn More »
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
For more information and to find your polling place, visit your municipality's website or the Secretary of State website » 
Howard Center's annual conference brings together national and international speakers and attendees from the United States and Canada. The conference is designed for a broad audience, including mental health and healthcare providers, educators, clients and families, representatives of state and local government, law enforcement, the judiciary, and the general public. 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.