October 2018
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


11/6, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

[CANCELED] 11/6, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

11/6, 12:15pm: Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

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

11/7, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

11/13, 9:00am: LEPC-1 Meeting

11/22 & 11/23: CCRPC Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28, 9:00am: VTrans Public Transit Policy Plan Public Forum

11/28, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting


Around the County: Photo of the Month

Regina Mahony, CCRPC Planning Program Manager, and Eric Vorwold, Winooski Planning and Zoning Manager, staff a table for the Winooski Master Plan Revisioning at the City of Winooski's Halloween celebration on October 27.

Photo by Paul Sarne.

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United Way of Northwest Vermont Volunteer Opportunities - Fall 2018

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


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.

Good morning,
Earlier this month, CCRPC, Champlain Housing Trust, and Housing Vermont held a press conference to review the results of the first two years of Building Homes Together (BHT), a coordinated five-year campaign to increase the housing supply in Chittenden County by 3,500 homes, 700 of which should be permanently affordable.

One of two housing production goals is currently being met. Over the first two years of the campaign, over 1,600 net new homes were added to the housing stock in Chittenden County, which exceeds the campaign goal of 700/year. However, only 191 homes are permanently affordable, which is well shy of the 280 needed to meet the overall affordability goal. View the data charts from the press conference to learn more about these goals and the current state of housing in Chittenden County.

BHT continues to call for increased investment through local trust funds at the community level, full funding of state sources like the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, and another $37 million state housing bond. BHT and CCRPC also offers support for municipal tools such as zoning changes in communities that want to address the shortage of housing.

For more information about BHT and housing in our communities, please visit and contact me at or Regina Mahony at

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
CCRPC Job Opening: Business Office Associate
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission seeks a skilled and self-motivated financial professional for a full-time job. Learn More »
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 will be 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. The Chittenden County public forum will take place on November 28, 2018 at 9:00am at the CCRPC (110 West Canal St., Winooski).   An interactive survey is currently available to provide feedback.  
Winooski River Bridge Scoping Study - Fall Project Update
On October 15th, the project was presented to the Winooski City Council.  The Council consensus agreed with the Advisory Committee recommendation on a preferred alternative. The remaining steps in this project include a presentation and recommendations to the Burlington City Council - a meeting likely to take place in November.
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
"Freedom in a Can: Finding Sustainability in 72 Square Feet" - November 7 at UVM 
The tiny-house movement hits the road and comes to UVM on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Davis Center's Mansfield Room. As part of an Open House earlier in the day on the Andrew Harris Commons outside the Davis Center (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.), one couple will share their tiny-house-on-wheels - a 1957 "canned ham" trailer combining a solar powered electrical system with a golden-age, vintage look.  Learn More »
Chittenden County Regional Conservation Commission Gathering: November 13
This is an opportunity to gather the area Conservation Commissions and Committees together to learn who they are, how they work, discuss completed projects of interest, and interact and get to know others for collaboration on any current and future inter-town projects. Join us on Tuesday, November 13, 6-9pm at the CCRPC Offices (110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski). RSVP to Emily at
Energy Benchmarking Training: November 14
Join Burlington Electric Department (BED) and the Burlington 2030 District for a special energy benchmarking training on Wednesday, November 14 from 8:00 to 9:30am at BED's Spark Space.   Learn More »
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 »
WNRCD Seeks Participants for Trees for Streams
The Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District is currently seeking landowners who live along rivers or streams within Chittenden County for our 2019 Trees for Streams program. WNRCD wants to work with you to identify streambanks along your property that suffer from or are vulnerable to erosion and then coordinate riparian buffer plantings.  Riparian buffers are the grasses, shrubs, and/or trees that grow along streams. In natural conditions these plants colonize streambanks, controlling erosion and helping to filter and clean stormwater runoff before it enters our waterways.  Learn More »
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.  
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP) Seminar: November 8
Effective spring 2019, the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) will be replaced by the Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP). On November 8 from 12-1pm at the CCRPC office (110 West Canal St., Suite 202, Winooski), CCRPC will host Max Kennedy, VEM Regional Coordinator, who will discuss the LEMP requirements and the resources available to assist municipalities with this change. For more information, please contact Dan Albrecht. 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
2018 State Government Municipal Day - Essex Junction Half-Day Workshop: November 2
Join the Agency of Natural Resources, the Agency of Transportation and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for a morning of workshops for Vermont's local government officials. Space is limited and pre-registration is requiredLearn More »
Vermont Statewide Housing Conference 2018: November 13-14
This year's conference theme is the impact Vermont communities have on housing affordability. An inspiring line-up of interactive, cutting-edge sessions will focus on specific municipal policy tools and community case studies. The 2016 conference drew over 400 housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers, and bankers. Attendee evaluations from previous conferences have been consistently positive about the many opportunities to network, learn, and be inspired. Learn More »
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