September 2018
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


10/2, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

10/2, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

10/2, 12:15pm: Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

10/2, 6:00pm: Public Forum on Draft Winooski TBP (Williston Police Station)

10/3, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

10/8: Columbus Day - CCRPC Office Closed

10/9, 9:00am: LEPC-1 Meeting

10/17, 6:00pm:  CCRPC Board Meeting


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.


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.


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: Vacant

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 afternoon,
The CCRPC has been working with our member municipalities and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to assist in the development of an updated Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) for the Winooski Basin. The Winooski TBP is a water quality management plan and contains priorities, goals and strategies specific to protecting, maintaining, enhancing and restoring the basin. Throughout this process, the CCRPC, in coordination with the Clean Water Advisory Committee (CWAC), has assisted the DEC in identifying key water quality issues, cataloguing existing municipal zoning bylaws related to water quality, coordinating community comments, and more. The CCRPC and CWAC have reviewed various working drafts to ensure that the TBP strategies address the water quality issues in our communities and are aligned with municipal plans and the Chittenden County Regional ECOS Plan.
This review process will be entering its final phase over the next month. The formal public review draft will be released by DEC in the next few days and will be available here. In advance of the final comment deadline, which will be 30 days after the final draft is released, here is the full draft review schedule, including several public participation opportunities:

Late September  | Final draft released; CCRPC staff & CWAC to review in advance of next CWAC meeting (October 2)
October 2 | CWAC meeting (11am, CCRPC office); CWAC provides comments for full CCRPC Commission review in advance of next Commission meeting (October 17)
October 2 | Public Forum on Draft Winooski TBP co-hosted by CCRPC & DEC: 6:00pm at the Williston Police Department, 7928 Williston Road, Williston VT
October 17 | CCRPC Commission meeting (6pm, CCRPC office); Commission reviews and approves submission of conformance letter and final CCRPC comments to DEC
We encourage you to review and provide comments on this public draft here when it is released in the coming days. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me at or Dan Albrecht at

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
Remembering Coralie (Corky) Magoon
It is with great sadness that we mourn the death of CCRPC's first staff person, Coralie (Corky) Magoon on Sept. 21st, 2018. She was the office manager beginning with the office in Richmond but spent most of her 33 years at the Essex Junction Pearl Street location. Corky retired in 2001. We have had many changes in staff over the years and any who worked with Corky were better for it. She was my mentor and my friend. The link to her obituary is here. Rest in Peace, Corky. -Bernie Ferenc, CCRPC Transportation Business Manager
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Open Streets BTV: September 30
This free program provides the people of Burlington the chance to explore miles of urban streets in a safe, car-free environment, enjoying fun and healthy activities along the way.
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.
CCRPC Staff Presents at 2018 VTrans Research & Innovation Symposium
The VTrans Research Section and State Transportation Innovation Council hosted the second annual Research and Innovation Symposium on September 12, 2018 at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. Sai Sarepalli, CCRPC Transportation Planning Engineer, presented about the Chittenden County Advanced Traffic Monitoring System using Bluetooth Technology. Learn More »
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), but we can't do it alone -- we need your help!  Visit the project website to learn more »
Winooski River Bridge Maintenance Underway
The Cities of Winooski and Burlington are performing structural repairs on the Winooski River Bridge (US Route 2/7 Bridge over the Winooski River). The goal of this project is to make minor repairs to some sections of sidewalk and to complete regular maintenance of the bridge railing on the eastern side of the bridge. Temporary closures of traffic lanes and sidewalks will occur during construction and may impact users of the bridge. The closures are necessary to allow for construction vehicles and to protect public safety when the repairs are taking place.
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
2018 Burlington Home Energy Tour: September 29
Join the Burlington Electric Department on Saturday, September 29, 10:00am-1:00pm for its second annual self-guided Home Energy Tour. Visit one or all of these open houses for inspiration on how to reduce your own heating and cooling costs while living comfortably. Learn from Burlington home owners who are using solar, heat pump technology, and in-home energy devices plus weatherization to keep their Burlington homes warm in winter and cool in summer.  Learn More »
Vermont Climate Action Commission Report Available for Public Review & Comment Through September 30
The Vermont Climate Action Commission released its Final Report to the Governor on July 31, 2018. The Agency of Natural Resources is hosting a public comment period on the report, and comments from Vermonters will be reviewed alongside the report's recommendations. The public is invited to comment until September 30, 2018. Learn More »
Lake Champlain Basin Program Offers Grants to Preserve & Interpret Cultural Heritage - Deadline: October 1
The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) seeks proposals for projects to protect, restore, interpret, and showcase the historical resources and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley.bThe CVNHP anticipates awarding over $100,000 across four grant categories.
2018 State of the Lake Report Public Information Session: October 3
Join the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and partners to learn about the 2018 State of the Lake and Ecosystem Indicators Report for Lake Champlain. There will also be an opportunity to provide input on the Lake Champlain Basin Program budget priorities and the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee's 2019 Lake Champlain Action Plan. October 3, 2018 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Community Sailing Center in Burlington (505 Lake Street).  Learn More »
Emerging Opportunities for Municipal Energy Improvements Workshop: October 10
Municipal representatives are invited to attend an educational workshop to provide municipal officials, staff, and volunteers from Chittenden County with turnkey opportunities to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy in their communities. October 10, 2018, 8:00am-11:30am, South Burlington Police Department (19 Gregory Drive). Food & beverages will be served. RSVP to Karen Horn:
Renewable Energy Vermont 2018 Conference & Expo: October 18-19
The theme of REV2018 is REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Faster, Together. Organized by the nonprofit trade association, Renewable Energy Vermont, this annual forum brings together business leaders, system operators, architects, builders, manufacturers, engineers, scientists, policy makers, and regulators.
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 »
Button Up Vermont Community Partner Application Process Open
Last fall, Vermonters in 31 towns helped their neighbors figure out how to spend less on heating and cooling and make their homes more comfortable.
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:
  • Button Up Champ: Host two community engagement activities -- anything creative to help your neighbors to button up. We'll provide advertising, educational materials, and efficient products to give away.
  • Button Up Hero: New this year is the opportunity to bring the Weatherize program to your town. Building on 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.
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
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
FY19 Municipal Planning Grants - RPC Confirmation Deadline: September 30; Application Deadline: October 1
For state fiscal year 2019, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development will grant approximately $450,000 to municipalities to promote community planning, revitalization and development activities that maintain Vermont's land use goal of compact settlements separated by rural lands. Learn More »
2018 State Government Municipal Day: Workshops Held October 25-November 2
Join the Agency of Natural Resources, the Agency of Transportation and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for workshops, technical assistance and networking opportunities. 17 different workshops will be offered at the Montpelier session, and satellite sessions will be held in Springfield, Rutland and Essex Junction that offer single-track trainings closer to home. Learn 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 »
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
AARP Vermont Offering Community Action Grants - Deadline: September 28
As a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable for all ages, AARP Vermont is once again offering Community Action Grants to provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals. The Community Action Grants will provide financial and other support to groups within Burlington that will advocate and work on projects to make improvements in areas such as affordable housing options for older residents, delivery of services to help older residents age in the setting of their choice, pedestrian and bike infrastructure, public transit, and more 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.