New RPC newsletter – Welcome 2018!
Another RPC newsletter is out with useful information about:
- legislative updates
- VT Alert
- successful grant applications
- recently completed projects
- our upcoming Vermont Walk – Bike summi
- opportunity to comment on the draft Tactical Basin Plan
- …and much more!
Click here to check it out.
2018-2022 West Windsor Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – Comments and questions due by 1/31/2018
The Town of West Windsor is seeking comment on its 2018-2022 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan final draft. The purpose of this planning effort is to improve West Windsor’s resiliency to natural hazards through hazard assessment, recognition of vulnerable assets, and identification and implementation of mitigating strategies to reduce the impact of these hazards on the community. Please forward any questions or comments to Cindy Ingersoll by 1/31/2018. We welcome all input from our regional partners.
Draft Black/ Ottauquechee Tactical Basin Plan available for comment through 2/15
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is hosting three (3) public hearings regarding the 2018 Basin 10 Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) for the Black River, Mill Brook, and Ottauquechee River watersheds. The Plan is intended to outline existing conditions within the basin as well as formulate future actions to address stressors. The hearings are scheduled as follows:
- January 23, 2018 from 6-8:30 at the West Windsor town hall.
- January 29, 2018 from 6-8:30 at the Woodstock town hall.
- January 30, 2018 from 6-8:30 at the Cavendish town hall.
The Agency will be accepting formal comments on the Plan until February 16, 2018. Comments may be submitted to Marie Caduto, Southeastern Vermont Watershed Coordinator, in writing, or verbally at any of the public hearings. For additional information, please contact Marie Caduto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 4, 2018, SWCRPC and the Two Rivers – Ottauquechee Regional Commission are co-hosting the 2018 Vermont Walk Bike Summit in White River Junction. For more information about the event see the flyer and visit https://vtwalkbikesummit.com/
Energy “Best Practices”
2020 Census LUCA Process Workshops and Webinars – Nov/ Dec 2017
The U.S. Census Bureau is offering LUCA 2020 Workshops for Vermont cities and towns, in partnership with the Vermont State Data Center and the Vermont Center for Geographic Information. For your convenience, workshops will be hosted at multiple sites.
- November 30, 2017 (10am to Noon) – Calvin Coolidge Room, 6th Floor, Davis Bldg. 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT, 05620-0501
- December 1, 2017 (10am to Noon) – The Park House, Activity Room, 340 Recreation Park Road, Manchester, VT 05255
- Webinar Registration: December 6, 2017 (10am to Noon). Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2319735725341618947
Click here for more information about LUCA.
For more information or to be added to our LUCA contact list, contact Katharine.
Better Connections Grant Applications due 1/31
VTrans has just announced another round of their Better Connections Grant Program. Annually, the program grants approximately $200,000 in planning funds to help cities and towns (outside of Chittenden County) build more livable, walkable and strong communities.
Grant Applications are due January 31, 2018 with all applicants required to participate in a pre-application meeting with Better Connections Program Managers prior to December 31, 2017. For more information, visit http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/projects-programs/better-connections
Looking for more information about Water Quality Related Grants?
Check out http://swcrpc.org/grants/ for more information about programs such as Better Roads, Ecosystem Restoration, and the pilot Grants In Aid Program.
West Windsor Dam Project
In the winter of 2017 SWCRPC, with several partners, completed a project to remove a mill dam to improve flood resiliency in West Windsor. For more information about the project, or to discuss removal of an unwanted dam on your property, contact Chris Yurek or Cindy Ingersoll.
A to B Mobility Study – Final Report and New List of Transportation Service
The A to B Mobility Project is now finalized and available online! This study looks at how people within the region get from point A to point B without their own motorized vehicle. A key outcome of the project was to inventory existing available transportation services. Another key component of the project was talking with a variety of stakeholders to identify the challenges and opportunities related to meeting the transportation needs of their clients (in the case of the human service agencies) and for providing the ride (in the case of the transportation providers).
February 24, 2017
The Vermont Association of Planning and Development Organizations (VAPDA) has released their 2016 Annual Report. Check it out here for more information about what SWCRPC and its fellow organizations have been doing – from land use plans and mapping projects, to energy planning and special projects.