February 2019
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


3/5: Vermont Town Meeting Day & Local Elections

3/6, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

3/6, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

3/6, 12:00pm: Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

3/6, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

3/12, 9:00am: Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting (LEPC-1)

3/13, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee

3/20, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting

3/21, 5:30pm: FY20 UPWP Committee Meeting # 3


United Way of Northwest Vermont Winter Volunteer Opportunities

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Electric Vehicles: Your Top Questions Answered

Electric cars can save you money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint. More Vermonters are plugging in, but there's a few things to consider before you make the switch. Below, we answer your most frequently asked questions.


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

Amy Irvin Witham, Business Office Associate

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 morning,
We're pleased to announce the release of the 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 ECOS Annual Report include:
  • Opioid Crisis | In September 2017, the waitlist reached zero and has remained virtually at zero since. In 2018, there were 17 accidental opioid overdose fatalities, which is a 50% decrease from 2017. 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 two years of the campaign (2016-2017), 191 affordable houses were added (falling short of the goal for 140/year), and 1,613 total homes were added (exceeding the goal for 700/year). Though not included in these numbers, UVM demolished two dormitories (391 beds) and replaced them with a new dormitory (695 beds), creating a net gain of 304 beds for 2017. This is an important component of the overall housing picture.
  • Clean Water | We continue to work toward the goal of reducing excess phosphorus in Lake Champlain by 34%. Stormwater runoff from roads is a notable phosphorus input to the lake. In FY18, Chittenden County municipalities received $1.5M in water quality grant funding from state agencies. The CCRPC completed Road Erosion Inventories for all municipalities in Chittenden County and assisted with grant applications.
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  [email protected].
Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
Town Meeting Day & Local Elections: Tuesday, March 5
For more information, view the Citizen's Guide to Town Meeting, visit your municipality's website, or the Secretary of State's website  » 
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Transit Commuter Survey
Let Green Mountain Transit know where transit needs to be, in order to best serve our community.  Learn More »
New Funding for Electric Vehicle Charging
To encourage more Vermonters to drive electric, DHCD awarded $400,000 in grant funds to support nine electric vehicle charging stations across the state, including level two charging stations in Burlington.  Learn More »
Downtown Transportation Fund Available - New Clean Water Money - Applications Due: March 11
The Department of Housing and Community Development has approximately $525,000 in Downtown Transportation Fund Grants to support revitalization efforts in Designated Downtowns and an additional $100,000 in Clean Water Initiative funding for eligible storm water implementation projects.  Learn More »
Transportation Technical Workshop: March 13
Please join an anticipated audience of 100+ attendees, that will include your colleagues/attendees/presenters from VTrans and other federal, state and municipal partners.  Learn More »
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
Save the Date - Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 29th Annual Spring Conference: May 15
Join the VBSR for a full day of education, inspiration, and networking on May 15, 2019, at the University of VermontLearn 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
Winooski NRCD 36th Annual Tree and Trout Sale: Orders Due March 31
The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District hosts the annual tree and trout sale as a service to residents of the District, offering a wide selection of native and locally-sourced tree and shrub species for home, garden, and conservation projects at reasonable bulk order prices. All proceeds from this fundraiser are used to develop and implement on-the-ground projects that protect our natural resources including riparian and shoreline buffer plantings, agricultural water quality assistance, stormwater mitigation, fish habitat restoration, and culvert replacements.
Vermont Tree Stewards Awards: Nominations Due March 31
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.
The Lake Between Conference: April 8
The Lake Between brings together leading academics, business leaders, and public servants to examine Lake Champlain -- an international body of water that links our histories, our economies and the shared management of our natural environment.
Burlington Rain Barrel Workshop: May 4
On May 4, l earn how to build, install and maintain your own rain barrel! Rain barrels allow you to capture a free resource (rainwater!) to use on your lawn or garden, for washing your car or for cleaning tools. Rain barrels help decrease runoff to Lake Champlain by capturing and holding rain water during a storm, and that means cleaner water for everyone.
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Reminder: LEMPs Due May 1
This is a reminder that the new Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP) is due May 1st. The LEMP is replacing the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP). A current local emergency plan is also required for municipalities to receive federal preparedness funds and increased state reimbursement through the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF). The new LEMP format is intended to be more user friendly for towns during a disaster. If your municipality would like assistance with completing the LEMP or if you have any questions, please contact Christine Forde Learn More »
Flood Training Website is 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
NEW: 2018 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. 
Review the Final Draft of planBTV
Review the Final Draft of the 2019 update to planBTV online. City Council will hold its second public hearing and consider the plan for adoption during their regular meeting on March 11. Learn More »
74th Town Officers' Education Conferences: April 4 & 11
Each year, TOEC provides training for more than 300 municipal officials and citizen volunteers in two Vermont locations. The conferences, going into their 74th 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 »
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Raising Strong Digital Citizens: March 12
Wondering what other parents in Burlington are doing to keep their kids safe and happy online? Join ParentIn Burlington and Edmunds Middle School on March 12 to learn about the latest technology and how to support children in becoming strong digital citizens. Learn More »
Burlington City Arts Community Fund: 2019 Grant Applications Due April 15
Applications are being accepted for the 2019 grants, which provide up to $3,500 to Burlington-based artists or small arts organizations to "develop projects that engage the community and address community needs, challenges and priorities through the arts." Learn More » 
Do Your Part: Vermont's Prescription Drug Disposal System
When you properly store and get rid of unused medications, you're doing your part to keep Vermonters -- and Vermont -- healthy and safe. The Vermont Department of Health has many resources available, and the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27, 2019.  Learn More » 
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: [email protected] or (802) 846-4490 x *21.