Mt. Ascutney from Brownsville Hartland Road

Latest News

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Provider Survey

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is conducting online surveys to gather input from all Vermonters regarding outdoor recreation, and we want to hear from you! The purpose of the survey is to help develop Vermont’s next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Vermonters can take the survey at https://fpr.vermont.gov/SCORP. To have a paper copy of the survey mailed to you, call 802-598-4551 or email amy.kelsey@uvm.edu. The survey will be available online from August 12th until September 9th.

Along with the resident survey, there is also a Provider Survey for specific organizations such as the SWCRPC to take part in. For more information on the Provider Survey, visit the survey webpage or see the survey information sheet.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) invites the public to a hearing to provide input on Andover’s Town Plan.  The plan is available for review on the SWCRPC’s website at https://swcrpc.org/andover.  The Town of Andover is seeking a certification from the SWCRPC that its plan complies with energy planning requirements set forth in statute [24 V.S.A. §4352].

The public hearing will be conducted at 12 noon on September 16, 2019 in Martin Memorial Hall located at 5259 US Route 5 in Ascutney, Vermont.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments regarding this request to the SWCRPC via email at ctitus@swcrpc.org.  Please include Andover’s Determination Request Comments in the subject line.

Dated this 22th day of August, 2019, at Ascutney, VermontSouthern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission  

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Stakeholder Meeting

A Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Stakeholder Meeting will be held at 9:30-11:00 am on September 24th, 2019 at the Comfort Inn, 56 Ralph Lehman Drive, White River Junction.

Draft Agenda Topics:

  • Current state of rural transportation in the region
  • Best practices and innovative ideas
  • Planning goals and vision for the future
  • Prioritized funding categories

Who Should Attend? Local energy coordinators, energy committee members, Transportation Advisory Committee members, anyone else interested.

Background

The State of Vermont is working with 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia on a regional approach to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector through a cap and invest program. That work, known as the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), began in 2010, but the effort to design a policy proposal for a cap and invest program really kicked off in December 2018 with this statement. The jurisdictions have been working over the past eight months to define what a program might look like and engage with stakeholders on the costs and benefits of such an approach.

A cap and invest program creates an overall emissions cap and then auctions off “allowances” to emit carbon dioxide. The proceeds of those auctions are then divided amongst the states to invest in programs to decrease GHG emissions from the transportation sector, to help address equity concerns, and to make our transportation infrastructure more resilient. Between $20-75 million in new revenue is anticipated being available to Vermont on an annual basis. Over the
years, many of you have participated in planning efforts to define your community’s vision for its transportation future. Your input will help to identify how these resources might be prioritized if Vermont moves forward with this effort.

Contact Otis Munroe or Jason Rasmussen to RSVP or for more information.

When Governments Cooperate- State Government Municipal Day Workshops

Registration is now open for the seventh installment of the Agency of Natural Resources’ workshop series, When Governments Cooperate – State Government Municipal Day. Join us for a day of workshops, technical assistance, and networking opportunities brought to you by the Agency of Natural Resources in cooperation with State Agency partners.

Review agendas and register today at http://anr.vermont.gov/about_us/special-topics/municipal-day

The SWCRPC Has Office Space for Rent

For additional information or to arrange a viewing, contact us at 802-674-9201 and ask to speak with Chris Titus.

Got 5 minutes? Do you ride the bus? Carpool? Uber?  We want your input! 

VTrans is updating the Vermont Public Transit Policy Plan (PTPP), examining Vermont’s transit needs and proposing programs and policies to address them.  We’ve heard from Vermonters across the state and have identified public transit issues and challenges, as well as potential strategies for addressing them.  You can help us fine tune these items by taking our new survey and letting us know what you think. Survey takers can register for a drawing for a $50 gift card! Your input will help us shape the future of public transportation in Vermont.

2nd Annual Vermont Community Leadership Summit

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Vermont Community Leadership Summit on August 12th at VTC in Randolph! Vermont communities thrive with local leaders getting big things done .

Register today to review action since 2018, share success stories, gain new skills, and build a vision for the future of Community Leadership in Vermont.

Goodyear Brownfields Clean-Up

The Windsor Improvement Corporation invites separate sealed bids from qualified asbestos abatement contractors for proper removal of asbestos containing materials from the site known as the Former Good Year Plant, 28 River Street, Windsor, Vermont.  This project is being federally funded by the EPA Brownfields Grant Program through the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund. Bid Schedule is shown below. For more information on the proposed project timetable, please refer to the linked document.

July 26, 2019 at 10:00AM:  Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference at work site

August 5, 2019 at 3:00PM:  Bid Submittal Package Due

August 9, 2019 or sooner:  Contractor Selection

GoodYear Plant Project – Design Document & Appendices – Final 7.17.19

Brownfields Cleanup at Goodyear Industrial Site

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) will be providing funding through its Brownfield Reuse Program to the Windsor Improvement Corporation (WIC) upon its acquisition of the Goodyear Industrial Campus site.  WIC is proposing to use this funding for the removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials from the concrete slab prior to the installation of a solar array. All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing on June 11th at 7PM at Windsor Town Hall, 29 Union Street in Windsor and submit comments by July 2nd. The full public notice and relevant documents are linked below.

Stormwater Concept Designs Completed in Springfield

In early 2019, the Town of Springfield, the Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) of Southeastern Vermont, and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) partnered to develop conceptual designs for stormwater infrastructure along Lincoln Street.

The existing on-site stormwater infrastructure does not sufficiently capture stormwater runoff, leading to large volumes of runoff flowing at high velocities in a concentrated manner. This condition has been a catalyst for the formation of a massive and highly active bank failure between Lincoln Street and Valley Street. The goal of this project was to develop conceptual designs to divert runoff away from the bank failure and to a retention feature on the HCRS property. Once constructed, this will slow or halt the bank erosion that is currently threatening the HCRS parking lot. This project will also improve water quality by eliminating excess sediment and nutrient inputs to the stream below. The Project Team anticipates completing construction ready engineering designs prior to the end of calendar year 2019 ahead of 2020 construction.

Funding for this project phase was provided by a grant through the VT Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), as well as cash contributions from the Town of Springfield and HCRS.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Yurek at 802-674-9201 or via email at cyurek@swcrpc.org.

Large In-stream Culvert Replaced on Baltimore Road in Weathersfield

During the summer and fall of 2018, the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) partnered with the Town of Weathersfield to replace an undersized, Irene damaged culvert conveying a stream under Baltimore Road. Replacing this crossing with a structure of adequate size will make Baltimore Road more resilient to future flooding events. It will also reduce recurring maintenance costs to the Town and improve water quality and stream stability. Funding for this project was provided by a grant through the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by the Town of Weathersfield.

Please contact Ed Morris or Chris Yurek with any questions.

SWCRPC Awarded VT ANR Funding to Assist with Surface Water Reclassification Efforts

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) has received funding from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), passed through the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) to assist with water quality planning efforts. Specifically, the SWCRPC will work with the State’s basin planner and the Town of Springfield to explore potential surface water reclassification.

Please contact Chris Yurek or 802-674-9201 with any questions.