June 2018
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All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


NOTE: Transportation
 Advisory Committee, Clean Water Advisory Committee, and MS-4 Sub-Committee meetings in July have been canceled. The committees will meet again on August 7th.

7/10, 9:00am: Local Emergency Management Committee Meeting (LEPC-1)

7/11, 2:30pm: Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

7/18, 5:30pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

7/18, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting & TIP Public Hearing

Around the County: Photo of the Month
   Bikers Take a Rest on Charlotte Beach

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!


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 afternoon,
On June 20th, the CCRPC held its Annual Meeting jointly with GBIC (Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation) to celebrate the closing of another fiscal year and begin looking forward to new projects for the coming year.
At the meeting, both CCRPC & GBIC Boards voted unanimously to adopt the 2018 ECOS Plan. This adoption comes after a significant effort by partners, staff, and the greater community over the last year, where we worked together to update significant portions of the plan (namely the economy, transportation, and energy sections). You can learn more about this update and process here.
In addition to voting on the ECOS Plan, the Board elected the following officers for FY19:
Chair: Chris Roy (Williston)
Vice-Chair: Mike O'Brien (Winooski)
Secretary-Treasurer: John Zicconi (Shelburne)
At-Large for Towns over 5,000: Catherine McMains (Jericho)
At-Large for Towns under 5,000: Barbara Elliott (Huntington)
Immediate Past Chair: Andy Montroll (Burlington)
We're grateful for the commitment of these organizational leaders in taking on more responsibilities and guiding us in a positive, thoughtful, and inclusive way. We also extend our appreciation to all Board members for representing their communities and organizations as we work to implement our ECOS Plan.
Enjoy the summer weather!

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
TODAY, June 21st Until 3pm: CCRPC Blood Drive
The CCRPC is hosting a summer American Red Cross Blood Drive TODAY, June 21st, through 3pm at our office in Winooski (110 West Canal Street, Suite 2). If you are nearby, please consider joining us! Walk-ins are welcome, or call 1-800-733-2767.
CCRPC Board Adopts 2018 ECOS Plan
On June 20, the CCRPC Board voted to adopt the 2018 ECOS Plan after an extensive update and public engagement process. Learn More »
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. The goal of Operation Safety Corridor is to reduce the number of crashes, improving safety on Vermont roadways. Motorists will see an increase in enforcement on I-89 between South Burlington and Colchester.  
Local Motion Bike Ferry to Resume Service in July
A storm in early May caused sinkholes to form in the 4-mile-long causeway and caused structural damage to a bridge. As a result of the damage, it had previously been announced the bike ferry would not open for the 2018 season, but Local Motion announced earlier this month that the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Fish & Wildlife and the town of Colchester are working together to rebuild the causeway, aiming to complete that project in about a month.  
CCRPC's Seasonal Traffic Alert Program is Back for the 2018 Construction Season
The CCRPC provides a weekly Traffic Alert email service, the source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County. Learn More & Sign Up »
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 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,, 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
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Grant Program Coming Soon
Early 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.  
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.  
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Burlington's The Neighborhood Project Presentation & Community Conversation: June 26 
As required in Burlington's Housing Action Plan, the City, and its partners, the University of Vermont, Champlain College and Preservation Burlington have been working to develop an actionable strategy and toolkit of policies and programs for neighborhood stabilization in near campus neighborhoods. Known as TNP, a team of consultants has been supporting this work over the past several months.  Learn More »
2018 Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits; Applications Due July 2
In 2018, $2,400,000 in state income tax credits are available to projects that enhance the historic character and improve building safety of older and historic commercial and community buildings in these designated communities. The credits support general rehabilitation work, code compliance work, data and network wiring, and exterior improvements, and may be combined with the federal program. Applications for the next round of tax credits are due Monday July 2, 2018.  Learn More »
Input Requested on Improving Broadband Availability Data; Submissions Due July 16
The  National Telecommunications and Information Administration  (NTIA) has requested feedback on sources of available broadband data and processes to ensure reliable information. NTIA is working to improve ways of identifying areas lacking adequate broadband access. Comments are being requested from various stakeholders - public, private, nonprofit, academia. Submissions are due July 16 and may be emailed to .   Learn More »
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
Free Summer Meals Program Kick-Off: June 22 in Milton
The nonprofit Hunger Free Vermont is working with school districts around the state to kick off this year's statewide free summer meals program. Throughout the summer, meals are served at public parks and pools, libraries, farmers markets and schools, and the meals are often paired with either enrichment or physical activities to keep kids moving and learning.  Learn More »
Seeking Input on What Makes Our Community Healthy: Take the Survey By July 1
More than 20 local organizations have come together to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) in Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. Please take part - your voice matters! Click here to take the 10-minute survey: and to be entered in a weekly drawing to win a $10 gift card.
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: or (802) 846-4490 x *21.