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July 2018
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


AUGUST

8/7, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

8/7, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

[CANCELED] 8/1, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

[CANCELED] 8/15, 6:00pm:  CCRPC Board Meeting

 
Around the County: Photo of the Month
   The Colchester Causeway at Sunset

Photo by Lee Krohn

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Traffic Alerts

Sign up for the CCRPC's weekly Traffic Alert email -- your source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County during the 2018 season!

 
CCRPC 
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, Senior Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Michelle Thibault, Finance Assistant

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information, click here.
 
Good morning,
 
Th e State Legislature has appointed the Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years. It is a six-member legislative committee that is to examine and report by December 15, 2018 on a broad list of issues relating to the State land use law known as Act 250, originally passed in 1970 and codified at 10 V.S.A. chapter 151. You can see more detail about the Commission's charge by reviewing Act 47. You can also track their work on the Natural Resources Board website and on the Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years website.
 
The permitting system is very important in ensuring that development and natural resources are well managed to provide for a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community. CCRPC developed recommendations for improving the permitting system in 2014. We will be using these recommendations as a starting place for providing input to the Commission and encouraging positive change that better achieves the goals identified in our ECOS Plan and municipal plans.
 
The Commission will hold six forums throughout Vermont this summer and fall. In our region, this forum will be held in Burlington on September 12 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Burlington Elks Lodge. For more information, visit the Commission's Facebook page. We encourage you to attend and participate in this process.
 
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at cbaker@ccrpcvt.org or Regina Mahony, CCRPC Planning Program Manager, at rmahony@ccrpcvt.org.

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
 
Transportation
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Operation Safety Corridor
Together with Vermont State Police, Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement, local law enforcement, municipal partners, and the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance, VTrans has identified four corridors where data indicates that a combination of high traffic volume, high speeds and a high rate of crashes demands an increased level of enforcement. These areas, called "Safety Corridors" will see an enhanced enforcement effort focusing on speeding, distracted and aggressive driving, impaired driving, and seat belt use. Motorists will see an increase in enforcement on I-89 between South Burlington and Colchester.
CCRPC's 2018 Seasonal Traffic Alert Program
The CCRPC provides a weekly Traffic Alert email service, the source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County. Learn More & Sign Up »
Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Annual Conference: October 17
The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance invites you to attend its 6th Annual Conference: Safety for the Ages. Address highway safety issues with colleagues and experts in education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency services.  
CarShare Vermont moves onto Winooski Falls Way
CarShare Vermont's Winooski vehicle has been re-located from behind City Hall to a more visible and accessible location on Winooski Falls Way in front of the Champlain Mill. You'll now find their vehicle conveniently located next to the new Greenride BikeShare hub and across the street from Green Mountain Transit's indoor bus stop. By having these transportation resources co-located in one central area hopefully Winooski residents will find it even easier to get around!  
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
LakeChamplainByway.com Offers Tools to Explore Region's Scenic, Historic & Outdoor Recreation Sites
With the arrival of warm weather, both Vermonters and tourists have to grapple with trying to figure out all the places they'd like to explore in the coming months. The Lake Champlain Byway has recently updated its website, lakechamplainbyway.com, to offer tools to help both local residents and visitors access the region's wealth of parks, trails, beaches and museums as well as lesser-known local historical societies and conserved lands.  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
Join the Celebration of Clean Water and Community Action
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation invites you to join them in celebrating Vermont's lakes, rivers, and wetlands, and the tremendous efforts of businesses, farms, communities, and organizations to protect and restore clean water. Vermont's Clean Water Week is July 29-August 4.  
Lake Champlain Basin Program 2018 State of the Lake Report
This report presents the most recent information on the conditions of Lake Champlain and its watershed and highlights the results of some of the management actions taken to achieve the four goals outlined in the 2017 version of the Lake Champlain management plan: clean water, healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, and an informed and involved public. 
Button Up Vermont 2018: Sign up and start planning
Button Up Vermont is a statewide effort to cut energy use and keep families warm and healthy. There are two levels of participation in 2018:
  • Be a Button Up Vermont Champ: Host two community engagement activities, just like over 30 energy committees did last year. Anything creative to help your neighbors to button up. We'll provide advertising, educational materials,  and efficient products to give away.
  • Be a Button Up Vermont Hero: New this year is the opportunity to bring the Weatherize program to your town. Building upon the success of the Weatherize program in the Upper Valley, homeowners get a free energy saving assessment and work estimate in exchange for completing an online survey about their home energy use. 
How to Spot Blue-Green Algae
July has already been several degrees above normal, and that's great for warming up the water for swimming -- but it could also lead to blue-green algae growth. Learn how to tell the difference between dangerous blue-green algae and harmless algae.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Grant Program Coming Soon
Later this summer, approximately $2.4 million in grants will be available to expand Vermont's network of electric vehicle charging stations (also called Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, or EVSE). Grant proceeds result from settlements to resolve Volkswagen's violations of the Clean Air Act.  
 
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Vermont's Building Communities Grants Announced; Applications Due July 31
The Building Communities Grants Programs consist of five grant programs established and funded by the Vermont Legislature to "help communities preserve important historic buildings and enhance community facilities." All of these grant programs, with the exception of the Barn Grants, require that the applicant be a non-profit organization, regional economic development organization, or municipality.  Learn More »
 
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
Save the Date: "
Making It Happen!" - 
Local Leadership for the Future of Vermont Communities: October 1

Join local leaders working to improve life in their communities at the Vermont Council on Rural Development's VT Community Leadership Summit!
  • Skills Workshops for Community Initiatives
  • Community Success Story Panels
  • Leadership Resource Fair
  • Group Dialogues on the "Future of Community Leadership in Vermont"
Registration will open in August. For more information or to sign up for event updates, visit  https://www.vtrural.org/Summit18 or contact the Vermont Council on Rural Development at  info@vtrural.org or 802-223-6091.
Chittenden County Opioid Alliance Data Scorecard
In January 2016, a group of state and community partners recognized that multiple uncoordinated efforts existed to address the complex causes and effects of the opioid epidemic. By organizing those efforts using a Collective Impact framework and shared agenda, the partners began collaborating more effectively and formed the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance. This dashboard serves to keep community members informed about the progress being made by the Alliance, as well as the climate of opioid use in Chittenden County.  Learn More »
 
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.