2/24 – Come and learn about the Vermont Clean Water Act!
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Chris Titus.
SWCRPC is hosting several presentations about how the Vermont Clean Water Act will affect municipalities. Town Managers, Selectboards, Planning Commission members, Town Staff, The RPC Board and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
- Jim Ryan will present on municipal roads
- Marie Caduto will discuss Basin Plans and their implementation
- Ryan Patch will discuss draft agricultural rules.
3/7 – Southern Windsor County Legislative Breakfast in Springfield
Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, Springfield On The Move and Springfield Regional Development Corporation are sponsoring a Legislative Forum. The goal is to share the issues of importance for our respective memberships as well as hear from you about how this year’s session is going. There will be light refreshments available.
DATE – Monday – March 7, 2016
TIME – 8 am – 9:30 am
LOCATION – River Valley Technical Center Café
Please RSVP to the SRDC office at 802-885-3061 or by email, email@example.com
New Vermont Planning Manual available
In January 2016 a new edition of the Vermont Planning Manual became available for download here. The new manual is designed to help communities identify the issues that matter most and to develop action-oriented strategies to tackle them. The 2016 update includes two modules: Module 1 is The Municipal Plan and offers guidance on developing a shared community vision, more concise and user-friendly plans and effective implementation strategies. It also explains the plan update process and the role of the municipal plan in state Act 250 land use permits and Section 248 proceedings for electric generation facilities. Module 2 is the State Designation Programs and details all five of the designations (downtown, villages, etc.) and includes case studies that show how cities and towns use the programs to implement their plans and achieve their goals.
The third presentation in the ANR’s Act 64 Brown Bag lecture series will be held this Thursday, 1/28 from 11:00-12:00. Tune in if you want to learn more about managing stormwater impacts from new development. You can attend via a webinar at this link.
New Rider Survey for The Current Bus Routes in Springfield, Ludlow, Bellows Falls, Cavendish and Chester
In early 2016, Southeast Vermont Transit will be evaluating some of “The Current” bus routes, mainly in the Springfield, Bellows Falls and Ludlow areas. Finding out why existing riders use the buses, as well as why potential riders currently do not, is very important to this project. It is hoped that through this input we will identify small improvements to existing routes so they can increase ridership and decrease cost. Your input is important! A survey will be available for completion between 1/4/2016 and 1/24/2016. For more information, including a link to the online survey, see http://swcrpc.org/bus-route-evaluation-project-2016/
Public meeting – Mill Brook Restoration Projects – West Windsor – 1/25
The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission and the Town of West Windsor are hosting a public meeting in conjunction with the regularly scheduled selectboard meeting to introduce a number of flood resiliency projects on the Mill Brook. Fitzgerald Environmental Associates, LLC preformed a stream geomorphic assessment on the Mill Brook, which was completed in May of 2015. The assessment includes project recommendations regarding flood resiliency, stream bank stabilization, stormwater management, etc.
The Conservation Commission has discussed project priorities and the purpose of this meeting is to give community members an opportunity to learn about, discuss, and comment on those priorities. Projects chosen for implementation will be funded through a High Meadows Fund Grant, subject to feasibility and available funds.
For location and time information, see the West Windsor flyer.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Dan Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Expanded funding and eligibility for Better Backroads Grant Program
In December 2015, VTrans announced increase funding and eligibility for their very popular Better Backroads Program. These grants are really great for our towns – a chance to get something done with low admin headaches. Several of our towns have been using these funds for years to chip away a problem areas along their roadways – slope stabilization, culverts, ditches, etc. We do not yet know the anticipated schedule for applications and grant awards for 2016, but applications are usually in the Spring. For more information see http://swcrpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/BBR-2016-Program-Letter-ExpansionOfEligibilityAndFunds.pdf If you have any questions, please contact Katharine (email@example.com).
Downtown Transportation Fund Program
Funds are available for transportation-related capital improvements in Vermont’s Designated Downtowns. Past projects include streetscape improvements, bicycle & pedestrian paths, rail or bus facilities, utility relocation, street lighting, way-finding signage and other transportation related projects.
Application deadline: March 7, 2016
New website with information relating to the new Clean Water Act
In November 2015, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources released a new website that focuses on the new Clean Water Initiative called “Clean Water Vermont”. It reflects an exciting and growing collaboration among municipalities, state agencies, local and regional partners, farmers, businesses and the public to take action that will safeguard the public’s access to clean and safe water throughout the state. The website includes information about Act 64 and its implementation, the “Lake Champlain Plan” and more – http://cleanwater.vermont.gov/
SWCRPC and Partners Awarded $50,000 from High Meadows Fund
The High Meadows Fund awarded $50,000 to prioritize and begin implementing bank stabilization and floodplain projects recommended by a recent stream assessment of the Mill Brook watershed. The purpose of this High Meadows Fund grant is to build resilience in Vermont watersheds. This project will also involve setting up workshops at the teacher-training institute located in the American Precision Museum and utilizing a stream table to demonstrate stream dynamics at local events and civic meetings. The project involves a partnership between the SWCRPC, Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, American Precision Museum, other partners, and the towns of Reading, West Windsor and Windsor.