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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


8/6, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

8/6, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

8/6, 12:00pm: Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

8/7, 2:30pm: Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

8/7, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

8/13, 9:00am: Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting (LEPC-1)

8/21, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting


Around the County: Photo of the Month

A well developed trail system wanders through Centennial Woods, offering visitors samples of the natural communities and landscape features thriving here.

Photo by Peter Keating

2019 Chittenden County Traffic Alert Program

Sign up for the weekly Traffic Alert email -- your source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County during the 2019 season.


United Way of Northwest Vermont Volunteer Opportunities

United Way can connect you with hundreds of ways to give your time and make a difference in your community.


Efficiency Tips: Cutting Summer Energy Costs for Your Business

Who knew? For many Vermont businesses, the three biggest energy users are lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration. Tackling these can help you start saving at your business, especially in summer!


Neighbor Rides Program & Volunteer Opportunities

Neighbor Rides is a strategic initiative of United Way of Northwest Vermont supported by a dynamic group of community partners that brings people and places together to help meet the transportation needs of seniors and persons with disabilities.

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

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Amy Irvin Witham, Business Office Associate

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,
With the start of a new fiscal year and work plan, we are looking forward to undertaking a number of new and ongoing projects relating to transportation (roadway, bicycle/pedestrian, transit), land use, energy, water quality and more. Funding for our FY20 Annual Work Plan (UPWP) is broken down below, and a few projects are highlighted for each category. This is only a small snapshot of the year ahead; for the full list of projects, please view the full UPWP here.
Transportation | $2,908,880
  • Chittenden County I-89 2050 Study | Regional
  • Chittenden County Freight Plan | Regional
  • Bikeway Connectivity, Pedestrian Safety, and Stormwater Management in the Old North End | Burlington
  • Richmond Road Intersection Scoping | Hinesburg
  • Lower Village Supplemental Scoping | Huntington
  • River Rd./Pleasant Valley Rd. Bicyclist Accommodation and Pavement Analysis | Underhill
  • Multiuse Path Connecting Williston to South Burlington | South Burlington, Williston
  • Project Management Services (Managing Sidewalk Design & Construction) | Shelburne, Underhill, Hinesburg
  • Partner Support of GMT, CarShare VT, Local Motion, CATMA, NeighborRides | Regional
  • Commuter Bus Ridership Pilot Project | Regional
Land Use and Development/Brownfields/Tourism | $547,296
  • Brownfields Grants - Management & Implementation | Regional
  • Lake Champlain Byway Coordination & Technical Assistance | Regional
  • Municipal Plans - Development, Update, and Support | Regional
  • Regional Housing Conversation | Regional
Data & GIS Programming | $487,863
Water Quality | $407,523
  • Watershed Resiliency Mapping | Regional
  • Regional Stormwater Education Program | Regional
  • Basin Planning & Outreach | Regional
  • Phosphorus Control Planning | Williston, Winooski
  • Stormwater System Inventories | Essex, Essex Junction, Winooski
Education & Outreach | $229,912
Health | $100,000
Regional or Shared Services/Safety/Emergency Management | $68,230
  • Emergency Management Planning | Regional
  • Chittenden County Public Safety Authority (CCPSA) Support | Regional
For more information about any of the efforts above and to see what's happening in your community, please visit the full FY20 UPWP or contact us. We look forward to another year of planning for a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous future.

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
SURVEY: Got 5 minutes? Do you ride the bus? Carpool? Uber? VTrans Wants Your Input!
VTrans is updating the Vermont Public Transit Policy Plan, examining Vermont's transit needs and proposing programs and policies to address them. We've heard from Vermonters across the state and have identified public transit issues and challenges, as well as potential strategies for addressing them. You can help us fine tune these items by taking our new survey and letting us know what you think. Survey takers can register for a drawing for a $50 gift card! Your input will help us shape the future of public transportation in Vermont.   Take the Survey »
New VT Town Road and Bridge Standards
The state released new model Town Road and Bridge Standards recently. The existing (January 2013) model standards can remain in effect through July 31, 2019. After that date, the January 2013 version of the Town Road and Bridge Standards will no longer be considered the state-approved template. Municipalities are encouraged to consider adopting the new 2019 Town Road and Bridge Standards template prior to August 1, 2019.   Learn More »
Transportation Resilience Planning Tool Pilot Project
VTrans recently completed a pilot project called the Transportation Resilience Planning Tool (TRPT). The Vermont TRPC is a web-based application that identifies bridges, culverts, and road embankments that are vulnerable to damage from floods; estimates risk based on the vulnerability, and criticality of roadway segments; and identifies potential mitigation measures based on the factors driving the vulnerability. CCRPC has identified three watersheds within the Winooski Basin to develop the TRPT - the Huntington, Snipe Island and Joiner Brook watersheds. View the Full Article & Project Map »
Exit 16 DDI Project Announcement
VTrans is improving the roadway along the US Routes 2/7 corridor, in the vicinity of I-89 Exit 16, to enhance mobility and safety in Colchester. The core of the project is to reconfigure the existing tight diamond interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at I-89 Exit 16A DDI is an innovative, modern interchange design that can relieve traffic congestion and improve safety for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020 and be completed over the course of two full construction seasons, ending in Spring 2022. Watch an Educational Video » |   Visit the Project Website »
Walk or Ride to the Local Motion Island Line Bike Ferry this Summer!
The Local Motion Island Line Bike Ferry brings cyclists and pedestrians across "the Cut," a 200-foot gap in the beautiful Colchester Causeway. Sit back and relax for the 5-minute journey. The Ferry makes the connection between Colchester and South Hero, on some of the easiest terrain in Vermont, with scenic vistas that are among the best in the world Learn More »
2019 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference: October 28 & 29
This conference, held this year in Burlington, brings together engineering, education, and highway safety specialists from across the northeast to focus on a common goal: The reduction of fatalities and injuries on our roadways.  Learn More & Register Now »
CCRPC Board Approves FY2020-2023 TIP
Following a Public Hearing on July 17, 2019 the CCRPC Board approved the FY2020-FY2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a financially-constrained, multi-year list of transportation projects in Chittenden County. In accordance with Federal regulations, the TIP must contain all federally funded transportation projects. Before any such project can be constructed it must be included in a current TIP that has been approved by the CCRPC Board. The FY2020-2023 TIP contains $246 million dollars of projects and includes intersections, new paths and sidewalks, paving, bridges, transit, and roadway projects. Learn More »
Get Your GMT Bus Passes Instantly with Mobile Ticketing
GMT has partnered with Token Transit to offer its customers a quick and convenient way to purchase boarding passes. With the Token Transit app, you can purchase, activate and board simply using your cell phone. All of your passes are stored in the cloud, and retrievable on any mobile device. Download the App »
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
Women Can Do 2019 Conference: October 17
Women Can Do is Vermont's largest one-day career immersion experience for high school girls and gender non-conforming youth. It features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. 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
SURVEY: Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District: Responses Due August 1
The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is soliciting public input on local natural resource concerns, and a survey is open to farmers, forest owners, resource professionals, District partners and all District residents. Please complete on or before August 1st, 2019.  
SURVEY: Help Inform Vermont's Clean Water Budget
The Clean Water Board is requesting public input on the state's fiscal year 2021 clean water funding priorities. Weigh in by completing this online questionnaire, open through September 6th.  The public is also invited to learn more about clean water funding and the budget process, and provide comments at the Clean Water Budget Public Hearing on August 22, 2019, at 10:00 am, in the Winooski Room, National Life Building, Montpelier and online (via Skype for Business). To attend in person, please RSVP by email.
Vermont Participates in Regional Effort to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation
In December 2018, Vermont joined 11 other northeastern states and the District of Columbia as part of the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to develop a regional policy proposal addressing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. Working regionally, Vermont will be able to reduce transportation emissions in a way that keeps us economically competitive with our neighbors. To learn more about TCI and the public engagement activities that are available, click here.
REV2019 Conference: Empowering Energy Transformation: October 10-11
For more than a decade, the Renewable Energy Vermont Conference has been the leading event for the renewable energy sectors in Northern New England. This annual forum brings together business leaders, system operators, architects, builders, manufacturers, engineers, scientists, policy makers, and regulators. Registration will open soon.  
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
2019 Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference: September 6-7
Vermont Emergency Management will hold the 12th annual Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference this September. The conference is free and offers a great opportunity to network with others in the field of emergency management and response, and attend educational breakout sessions to learn the latest practices in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Some of the sessions this year include: Cybersecurity in Vermont, Public Assistance 101, Debris Management and Monitoring, Municipal Incident Planning, and an Incident Plan Workshop. Learn More »
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
2020 Municipal Planning Grants - Online Application Opens August 1
For state fiscal year 2020, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development will grant approximately $450,000 to municipalities to promote planning, revitalization, and development activities that maintain Vermont's land use goal of compact settlements separated by rural lands. Learn More »
Vermont Council on Rural Development Hosts 2nd Annual Leadership Summit: August 12
Join local leaders working to improve life in their communities at the Vermont Council on Rural Development's 2nd Annual Vermont Community Leadership SummitLearn More »
DHCD Survey Results: Barriers to Housing
The Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development released a survey in June to engage stakeholders in the Zoning for Great Neighborhoods project and identify top housing barriers to address when developing the guidance on incremental updates to municipal regulations. Results of the survey are in, and a full report is available here.
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Chittenden County Homeless Alliance releases RFP; Applications Due August 9
As the Collaborative Applicant for the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance (CCHA) Continuum of Care, the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) is now accepting proposals for new, renewed, expanded or bonus projects to receive 2019 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 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.