Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan has been Updated – Comments Wanted!

Input Sought on Updated Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation seeks public comment on updates to the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan, 2005-2009, which has expired. The document is a component of the National Park Service (NPS) planning process known as “SCORP,” which stands for Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.  The new document provides a vision, goals and actions in support of outdoor recreation endeavors throughout the state for 2013 through 2017. The draft SCORP is available for review at http://www.vtfpr.org/recreation/scorp/info.cfm, or contact the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation for a printed copy.  Any suggested changes, additions, or corrections should be submitted to Ed O’Leary at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (Ed.oleary@state.vt.us; 802-241-3683) before November 30, 2012.  Ed will also answer any questions you have about the plan.  In addition, a webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 14th from 6:30-7:30 p.m., which will include a review of the plan development process. Please follow the link above and follow the instructions to login to the webinar 10 minutes before it starts.  The public will be provided with an opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

This SCORP is required for the state to receive Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) dollars. Applicants to the LWCF will be asked to refer to the SCORP in their proposals.  Since 1965 the LWCF, administered by the NPS, has provided Vermont communities and state agencies with more than $27 million towards acquisition, conservation, and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Hundreds of recreational facilities have been developed in Vermont through more than 500 projects of the LWCF. These projects include public parks, town greens, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, skate parks, picnic areas, and playgrounds.

The 2013 Vermont Home Energy Challenge – Sign Up Today!

Help your neighbors reduce their energy bills by participating in the 2013 Vermont Home Energy Challenge.   Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, is seeking local organizations to champion the Challenge in their communities and to sign up to participate.  Under the Challenge, local organizations will foster public awareness about energy saving opportunities in the home and will set a target of weatherizing 3% of the homes in their community over the course of a year.  Towns will then be able to measure their progress toward their goals along with that of other communities in their region and across the state.  At the end of the year, towns will be recognized and awarded for the effectiveness of their efforts to encourage participation in their communities.  Be sure your town participates!  Sign-up is easy.  Go to www.efficiencyvermont.com/homeenergychallenge for details.  For more information, contact Paul Markowitz, Community Energy Program Manager, Efficiency Vermont at 802 540 7608 or pmarkowitz@veic.org

Waitsfield Town Plan Regional Approval Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing:

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the approval of the municipal plan for the Town of Waitsfield under 24 VSA Section 4350. The hearing will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2012 beginning at 7:15 p.m. at the conference room of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Paine Turnpike, Berlin.

Before approving a municipal plan, the Commission must find that the Plan is consistent with the goals established in 24 VSA 4302, is compatible with the Regional Plan, is compatible with approved plans of other municipalities in the Region, and contains all the elements as required in Section 4382 of the Act.

Copies of the Plan can be reviewed at the Clerk’s office or at the offices of Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, during normal business hours.

The hearing on the municipal plan for the Town of Waitsfield will also include consideration of confirmation of the Town’s planning process in conformance with the requirements of 24 VSA Section 4350.

Town Plan Review Committee Meetings

The CVRPC Town Plan Review Committee will meet on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the CVRPC office, Main Street, Montpelier at 4:00 p.m. to review the Waitsfield Town Plan. A public hearing will be held at the CVRPC Commission meeting on November 13 at the Central VT Chamber of Commerce conference room in Berlin at 7:15 p.m. to consider approval of the Waitsfield Town Plan.

TheTown Plan Review Committee will meet on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the CVRPC office in Montpelier to review the Marshfield Town Plan. A public hearing will be held at the CVRPC Commission meeting on December 11, 2012 at the Central VT Chamber of Commerce conference room in Berlin at 7:15 p.m. to consider approval of the Marshfield Town Plan.

Municipal Building Efficiency

Fall Forums Scheduled on “Improving Efficiency in Municipal Buildings:” Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the state’s regional planning commissions, will be holding a series of forums this fall to improve energy efficiency in public buildings. Although specifically addressed to towns, villages, and schools that have completed energy audits or similar assessments, this workshop will be helpful to any local official interested in learning about energy audits, efficiency improvements, and ways to finance those improvements. Speakers from Efficiency Vermont and a professional building energy efficiency company will make presentation and answer questions. (Please find schedule for the workshops below). For more information, contact: Paul Markowitz, Community Energy Program Manager, Efficiency Vermont 802 540 7608 or pmarkowitz@veic.org.

The workshop for Central Vermont is scheduled for December 6, 2012 at the Central VT Chamber of Commerce conference room in Berlin. Contact jackie Cassino at cassino@cvregion.com for time and details.

We hope to see representatives from every town there; it will be informative!

Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan Forum!

Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan: An Update and Action You Can Take
Community energy committee leaders and all invited to attend four fall forums

In October 2011, the state released a long-range Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) that outlines a set of strategies for meeting Vermont’s future energy needs. The CEP sets a goal of obtaining 90 percent of the state’s total energy needs in 2050 from renewable resources.

Achieving that necessarily ambitious goal will take all hands on deck and the partnership of Vermonters.

To this end, the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, the Vermont Natural Resources Council and regional planning commissions, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Public Service and the Vermont Climate Cabinet, are hosting a series of four forums across Vermont this fall to highlight the CEP and advance implementation strategies.

The goals of the forums are to:

  • Update Vermonters on the progress that has been made over the past year in implementing the goals of the Comprehensive Energy Plan.
  • Solicit guidance and input from participants on current and proposed implementation strategies.
  • Offer concrete projects that grassroots leaders, key stakeholders, and interested Vermonters can undertake to help achieve the goals of the CEP.

Please save the date and plan to join the conversation at one of the following locations:

  • October 25 — Colchester — Colchester High School Cafeteria — 6-9 p.m. Co-hosted by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and Northwest Regional Planning Commission.
  • November 1 — Rutland — Rutland Free Library — 6-9 p.m. Co-hosted by the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, Addison County Regional Planning Commission and Bennington County Regional Commission.
  • November 5 — Windsor High School Auditorium— 6-9 p.m. Co-hosted by the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission and Windham Regional Commission.
  • November 15 — National Life in Montpelier — 6-9 p.m. Co-hosted by the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Lamoille County Planning Commission and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.

For more information contact: Johanna Miller, VNRC Energy Program Director & VECAN Coordinator at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or jmiller@vnrc.org