REGIONAL NOTES
March 2020
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

PLEASE NOTE:
All upcoming meetings will be held REMOTELY until further notice. Information about joining remotely will be provided with every meeting agenda.


APRIL

4/1, 5:45pm: CCRPC Joint  Executive & Finance Committee Meeting

4/7, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

4/7, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

4/7, 12:30pm:
Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

4/8, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

4/8, 2:30pm: Public Hearings Re: Draft 2020 Underhill Town Plan & 2016 Williston Town Plan Amendment

4/15, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting

 

United Way of Northwest Vermont COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

United Way is dedicated to supporting our community members through the COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic fallout that may result from it. To support all of our neighbors, United Way is working with its existing network of partnerships and the community at large to develop a comprehensive list of community-based services and volunteer opportunities updated on a daily basis.

 
ECOS logo

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.
 
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

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,
 
During this unprecedented time of global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to reach out to provide you with some updates, resources and general information about how the CCRPC is currently operating.
  • Logistics | As of March 16, all CCRPC staff is working from home and our office in Winooski is closed. We are holding accessible remote meetings in lieu of in-person meetings and cancelling meetings that are not required. Please check our calendar and committee pages for the latest information.
  • Our Work Continues | We are carrying forward with our work, as best as possible, on all of our current projects and in all programmatic areas (transportation, land use, brownfields, emergency management, GIS and mapping, energy, natural resources, etc.). Some of the public participation elements of our work need to be postponed for now, but we are committed to finding the best ways to communicate effectively, and to identifying opportunities for improvement anywhere we can. We are also keeping on top of how our member municipalities and partners are creatively addressing the rapidly changing landscape to continue serving the community, and we will share significant and helpful updates as they surface.
  • Municipal Response / Daily COVID Updates | We have compiled a list of Chittenden County municipal responses to COVID-19. This information changes regularly as there are new developments every day, so we are working to keep everyone informed. As of now, this file is typically updated daily and available on our COVID-19 webpage. This page also includes direct links to each municipal website where you can find more specific local resources and contacts.
  • Emergency Management | As of last week, some of our staff has begun assisting the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and will continue to do so as needed.
Throughout this time of uncertainty, we will continue to be in touch and encourage you to reach out if we can provide any useful information or be of assistance in any way. As much as possible, our staff is working normal business hours and ready to assist via email or a remote meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone in person on the other side of this.
 
Be well,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
 
Of Note
Daily Updates: Municipal Response to COVID-19
The CCRPC is working with member municipalities to compile one list of municipal government response to COVID-19. As things continue to change rapidly, this list is typically updated daily. Learn More »
2020 Census Available
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. The Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US Territories. 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. Learn More »
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 »  
 
Transportation
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2

Colchester Signs Six-Year Contract with GMT; Will Pay Full Share of Past Local Capital Investment Over Two Years

The Town of Colchester has signed a six-year agreement with Green Mountain Transit to fund GMT on the same basis as a member community beginning July 1, 2020 - as well as to pay its share of past local capital investment (since GMT's inception in the 1970s) over the next two years. This long-term investment in transit is part of Colchester's ongoing commitment to contribute to regional services through funding, staff and volunteer time.
GMT Public Feedback Needed; Comments Due April 8
GMT was forced to cancel a number of public meetings due to growing concerns about COVID-19. Instead, three videos are available that outline proposed changes within Chittenden County, Washington/Lamoille County, and Franklin County, and a fourth video is available that outlines a proposed increase in ADA Fare. All information is available online for public review and comment. Passengers who would like to provide feedback are asked to do so by April 8, 2020 via email ( feedback@ridegmt.com) or phone (802-540-2537).
Interstate 89 2050 Study Update: First Round of Public Meetings Completed
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.  Learn More »
2020 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit: May 8
The 2020 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit is scheduled for 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 »
 
Economy
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
Brownfields Grant in Action: Village of Essex Junction Celebrates Groundbreaking for Multi-Use Downtown Project
The Village of Essex Junction held an official groundbreaking ceremony on March 19 to celebrate the commencement of Phase 1 of the Chittenden Crossing project at the Five Corners.  CCRPC supported the project by providing more than $22,000 of services for environmental assessment and corrective action planning through its EPA Brownfields grant.  3 Maple will have 3,870 square feet of retail commercial space in the first floor--set to be utilized by the restaurant group which owns the Grazers restaurants in Williston and St. Albans. The upper three stories will consist of 30 residential units while there will be surface-level parking at the bottom of the building. Learn More »
VBSR Announces Business COVID-19 Webinar Series
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced a series of webinars connecting businesses dealing with the impacts of the novel coronavirus to resources and best practices relating to available funding, childcare options, employee support resources and virtual workplaces. These webinars are free for VBSR members, and $20 for non-membersLearn More »
ACCD Helps Determine What is Considered an 'Essential' Business
The state Agency of Commerce and Community Development is fielding calls from business owners and managers wondering if they're carrying out essential business, and has set up a form on its website where Vermonters can submit questionsLearn More »
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Guide
The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce developed a resource guide for the business community and beyond, and it is regularly updated with new informationLearn 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
Rain Barrel Workshop Rescheduled to August 15
Join us this August for a Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshop in Essex with the Rethink Runoff Stream Team. Rain barrels  to "slow the flow" of stormwater to help keep Lake Champlain clean and provide you with water for washing tools or irrigating flower beds. Registration is $40. Learn More »
Keep Wipes Out of Pipes
A public service announcement from Lake Champlain Sea Grant: As we work to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 spread, many people have turned to using disposable disinfectant wipes. Whether your home is connected to a community wastewater system or to a septic system, these wipes are NOT made to be flushed (nor are baby wipes or toilet paper alternatives). When these items are flushed, they cause clogged sewer pipes. This can result in sewage system back ups, sewage in your home, and damage to community wastewater or home septic systems that can be costly to repair. This is true even for products that claim to be "flushable." To protect your home septic system or community wastewater system, dispose of ALL disinfectant wipes in your trash. Please spread the word to help keep wipes out of pipes.
 
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Public Hearings April 8: Draft 2020 Underhill Town Plan; Amendment to 2016 Williston Town Plan
The CCRPC will hold two public hearings on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 2:30 pm REMOTELY and at the CCRPC Offices for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft 2020 Underhill Town Plan (including an enhanced energy plan) and an amendment to the 2016 Williston Town Plan to include an enhanced energy plan by reference and a community health chapter .   Learn More »
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 Emergency Management Website
The Vermont Emergency Management website is a useful resource during this time. View the Governor's latest Executive Orders, a variety of public and health resources, and more at https://vem.vermont.gov/.
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  www.vtalert.gov .
 
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
The Department of Public Service is collecting information and resources on the availability of Internet and telecommunications services during the COVID-19 emergency. This webpage will include information about what cabletelephone, and mobile carriers are doing to assist consumers and places where consumers can find internet access and be updated as new information becomes available. For example, Comcast is committed to serving people even if they cannot pay their bill, mobile phone companies are helping out, hotspots will have free access, and more. Learn More » 
Since the outbreak of the virus, AARP has been urging family caregivers to develop a plan in case they get sick or their loved one does. To help caregivers, AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people looking after a loved one. 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.