Mill Brook Watershed Initiative
SWCRPC and the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District (ONRCD) are leading a project to do flood resiliency planning and implementation in the Mill Brook Watershed (which includes the towns of Windsor, West Windsor and Reading).
For more information check out our new video and see our webpage.
- July 3rd – Old Home Day in Reading – Stream table demonstrations by ONRCD
- July 4th – West Windsor Parade – Stream table demonstrations by ONRCD
- July 2016 Teacher Training Institute hosted by the American Precision Museum
For more information, contact Dan Potter at (802)-674-9201.
SWCRPC and Southeast Vermont Transit have been evaluating some of “The Current” bus routes in the Springfield, Bellows Falls and Ludlow areas. We had great response to our January 2016 survey, as well as some other public outreach. The final report including short term recommendations is now available at http://swcrpc.org/bus-route-evaluation-project-2016/
Request for Proposal (RFP) – Demolition and Site Stabilization of Flood-Damaged Residential Property in Windsor – Due 6/17
For more information, including the RFP, go to http://swcrpc.org/requests-for-proposals/
VT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Grant Applications due 7/15
Wide variety of bicycle and pedestrian projects can be funded including bicycle lanes, sidewalks, pedestrian crossing improvements and flashing beacons, ADA improvements, etc.
Due July 15, 2016
Pre-application training sessions – 5/24 at 6pm and 5/26 at 1pm
For more details: http://vtransengineering.vermont.gov/bureaus/mab/local-projects/bike-ped
Summer construction season has started!
There are a number of upcoming major bridge and road construction projects due for the region or nearby. See below for basic information about these projects and contact Katharine for more information. (Table last updated 4/14/2016)
|Town||Project Type||Location Info||Notes|
|Chester||Class 1 Town Hwy Paving||Class 1 town highways (Main St and Depot St)||Construction late fall 2015 and spring 2016. More info|
|Windsor||Class 1 Town Hwy Paving||Class 1 town highways (Main St, Ascutney St and Union St)||Construction Spring/ Summer 2016. More info|
|Springfield||Class 1 Town Hwy Paving||Class 1 town highways (Main St and Chester Road)||Construction Spring/ Summer 2016. More info|
|Springfield and Charlestown||State Highway Bridge||Charlestown-Springfield Bridge (Cheshire Toll Bridge)||Construction will reduce traffic to one lane in either direction for approx 8 weeks and also include a 5 day complete closure to traffic. Construction April – June 2016. More info|
|Windsor and Cornish||State Highway Bridge||Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge||Work on abutments. Work either fall 2016 or 2017 (need low flow in river). No anticipated closure of bridge to traffic|
|Woodstock||State Highway Bridge||Br 24 on VT-106 in South Woodstock||Bridge closure for 21 days starting on May 16. More info|
Notes: ABC (Accelerated Bridge Construction Program)
Interesting new technology visits Chester road relocation site
On March 9, 2016, SWCRPC and LEPC-3 hosted the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab. We now have some great aerial images and elevation information for a new road relocation site in Chester. It’s really interesting to see what a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) can capture in just 20 minutes of flying over a site. Check out the online before-after aerial map and the aerial and elevation map. For more information, contact Katharine Otto.
New online maps… many uses!
To celebrate the new year, the SWCRPC has increased our online mapping capabilities. Check out the new online map portal at http://swcrpc.maps.arcgis.com/home/ and let us know if you’d like to have an online map component to an upcoming town project! It’s a great way to explore data from home or to collect data using the online portal. For more information, contact Katharine Otto.
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
Learn about the Vermont Clean Water Act – Video of 2/24 presentations now available
On 2/24 SWCRPC hosted 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 were encouraged to attend.
- Jim Ryan presented municipal roads
- Marie Caduto discussed Basin Plans and their implementation
- Ryan Patch discussed draft agricultural rules.
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.
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.