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


11/28, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting


[CANCELED] 12/4, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

[TENTATIVE] 12/4, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

12/4, 12:15pm: Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

12/5, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee

12/11, 7:30am-9:00am: Chittenden County Municipal Legislative Breakfast (Trader Duke's Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington)

12/12, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

[CANCELED] 12/19, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting

12/25: CCRPC Office Closed


United Way of Northwest Vermont Volunteer Opportunities - Fall/Winter

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From Efficiency Vermont: Is a Smart Thermometer Worth Buying?

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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

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

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information,  click here.
Good afternoon,
Earlier this month, the CCRPC released the results of the 2018 Chittenden County Transportation Survey. The purpose of the survey was to objectively measure public opinion regarding performance of the region's transportation system and strategies to address existing and future transportation issues.
Previous surveys were undertaken in 2000, 2006 and 2012. They are collected from a random sampling of Chittenden County residents in order to achieve results that can be reliably extrapolated, within a margin of error, to the entire County population.
Questions measure opinion on how well the transportation system serves the public's travel needs, affects issues of livability, promotes economic development and opportunity, and impacts the environment. Regarding possible improvement strategies, the survey garners opinion on a variety of approaches, including: adding more highway capacity, expanding public transportation, providing more and safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and changing development patterns to better support the transportation system. Broader questions related to transportation policy and financing are also part of the mix.
A few notable results are related to the increased use of technology:
  • 16% of respondents reported using app-based services such as Uber and Lyft which did not exist 6 years ago.
  • The percent of respondents who work in places that offer telecommuting is up to 37% from 26% in 2012.
  • Telecommuting use has almost doubled from 16% in 2012 to 29% in 2018.
  • 76% have reduced # of trips by using the internet for shopping, bills, work (61% in 2012; 57% in 2006).
To learn more about how Chittenden County residents currently view transportation in the region, view the presentation given to the CCRPC Board or for more detail see the full 2018 survey results.

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
FY20 Annual Work Plan (UPWP) Application Materials Available
The CCRPC is seeking project applications for next fiscal year's work program, the FY20 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Applications are due January 18, 2019.  
CCRPC Job Opening: GIS Intern
The CCRPC seeks a paid intern for a variety of GIS data update and maintenance projects. Applications are due December 3, 2018.
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
VTrans Statewide Public Transit Policy Plan - Survey & Fall Forums
Do you ride the bus? Carpool? Uber? VTrans wants your input and has been holding regional forums throughout the state this fall to gather feedback on existing public transportation services, service gaps and challenges, and potential solutions from stakeholders and transit riders.   An interactive survey is currently available to provide feedback.
The Future of Sustainable Transportation in Burlington: November 29
How can we advance a sustainable, healthy and equitable transportation system in the City of Burlington? Please join the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) and Burlington 2030 District for its fall networking event at VEIC in Burlington on Thursday, November 29th at 5:30pm. Bryan Davis, CCRPC Senior Transportation Planner, will be one of three speakers at the event.
Vermont Agency of Transportation 2019 External Research Program - Ideas Due December 14
Do you have an idea for a research topic you think the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) should consider? Each year, VTrans sponsors 2-4 research projects in partnership with external researchers and we are now seeking project ideas for VTrans' 2019 External Research Program. Project ideas must be submitted by December 14th to be considered for the 2019 program.
FHWA Releases FY 2019-2022 Strategic Plan
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2019 to 2022 adopts the U.S. Department of Transportation's goals and aligns its strategic objectives and related program initiatives and performance measures with the Department's Plan. The FHWA Strategic Plan reflects the priorities of Agency leadership including Safety, Infrastructure, Innovation, and Accountability.
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
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: Applications Due November 30
Approximately $2.4 million in grants are available to expand Vermont's network of electric vehicle charging stations (also called Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, or EVSE)Governments (Federal, State, municipal, public education institutions, public utilities, and other public entities), businesses, non-profits, homeowner associations, electric utilities and EVSE equipment providers are eligible for grant funding.  Learn More »
Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference: December 1
Do you want to help mobilize Vermont to make bold progress on climate? Join VECAN at the 11th annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference on December 1. Panels, networking, and discussions will focus on empowering Vermonters to take the lead on climate and clean energy issues. Workshops will explore a wide range of topics, from The Path to a Green Transportation System, Making Solar Accessible to Vermonters with Low Incomes, Using Digital Tools to Reach the Public and Advance Energy Goals, and many more.  Learn More »
Help Inform Vermont's Clean Water Budget - Take the Survey by December 9
The Clean Water Board is requesting public input on the state's draft fiscal year 2020 clean water budget. Weigh in by completing this online questionnaire, open through Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Offering Grants Focusing on Emerald Ash Borer Municipal Planning - Applications Due January 31
Vermont Urban and Community Forestry is pleased to announce $40,000 in cost-share grants available for 2019. These grants will support efforts to prepare for and manage the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on all species of ash trees, killing over 99% within four years of infestation. Vermont is home to an estimated 160 million ash trees.
Ready for Winter? Get the Button Up Vermont DIY Checklist
Button Up Vermont is a statewide effort to cut energy needed for heating and cooling. Get the best strategies for air sealing, insulating, and electricity savings, and pick up free weatherization tools and a DIY checklist that could earn you $100 back for making improvements to your home. Free contractor visits are also available in participating communities.
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Winter Storm Fact Sheets Available in Multiple Languages
The Vermont Department of Health has informational sheets regarding winter storm facts and what to do when the power goes out; these are available in many different languages.  Learn More »
Flood Training Website Launched is now fully 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
Share Your Input on the Draft Update to planBTV: December 5
The 2019 draft planBTV: Comprehensive Plan organizes Burlington's vision for the future of the City into two sections -- Our Plan for Action and Our Future Land Use. Our Plan for Action identifies the policies and actions that will help Burlington preserve its distinctive identity, be dynamic in its approach to current and future challenges, become more inclusive and strengthen its connections. A presentation and public hearing will be held on December 5 at 6:30pm in Contois AuditoriumLearn More »
2019 Colchester Town Plan K-12 Art Competition
For Colchester residents 18 and under: The Colchester Planning Commission wants to know what Colchester means to you! Do you have a picture of a special place, event, or everyday happenings? Create an original work of art showing us and we might just publish it in the 2019 Town Plan. Submissions due December 14. Learn More »
New England Federal Credit Union gives $500,000 for affordable homes in Northwest Vermont
New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) President/CEO John J. Dwyer, Jr. announced a $500,000 grant from NEFCU to Vermont Housing Finance Agency to address the area's shortage of housing affordable to Vermonters with low and moderate incomes. The money will support construction and renovation costs for perpetually affordable homes in Bristol, Jericho and several other towns. 

"The residential construction in Jericho will help bring much-needed homes into our regional housing stock," explained Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. "Our housing market is so tight that it quickly absorbs new homes, especially those offered at lower price points," Baker continued. Read the Full Press Release »
Vermont Housing Finance Agency Launches New Web Tools
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has launched a robust, free resource connecting Vermonters to information about housing vacancies and community needs. Low and moderate income Vermonters who lack adequate, stable housing that they can afford suffer from elevated health and safety risks. This recently reinvented resource, known as the Vermont Housing Data website, represents years of collaboration among stakeholders seeking to increase the number of stably housed Vermonters through state of the art information sharing tools. Learn More »
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
2019 Point-in-Time Count Preparation
Each year, the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance joins communities across Vermont, and nationwide, in conducting a Point In Time Count. The "PIT Count" is a count and survey of all individuals and families experiencing "literal homelessness" in Vermont. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) considers individuals and families "literally homeless" when they live in a place not meant for human habitation (such as a tent, a vehicle, or on the streets), or in an emergency shelter, in transitional housing, or in a hotel paid for by a government or charitable organization. 

The PIT calls for homeless persons to be counted on a single night in January. For this count to succeed, each homeless person must be known to someone and through that relationship, assessed for status on that night. This "knowing" is through local persons of compassion, those serving in churches, libraries and food shelves who have conversations with the homeless, and know who they are. For the best possible count, volunteers from each town are needed. 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.