Northfield Storm Water Remediation Work

CVRPC will be working with the Town of Northfield to design several storm water remediation projects that the Town can then implement. These projects serve the purposes of protecting water quality and supporting mitigation of stormwater impacts. The Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation is funding the project with a grant from the State’s Ecosystem Restoration Program. CVRPC applied for and was awarded the funds and will be starting the process in the spring. Contact Dan Currier at currier@cvregion.com or 229-0389 for further information.

Village Center Designation Application Revamped!

The Community Planning and Revitalization team has updated the Village Center Designation Application Guidelines (and attached) to be more user-friendly and accessible. We hope you find the new document helpful and share it with your local municipalities to improve the village center designation application process. Please note there are a few small changes to the requirements that will improve the application and review process with the Downtown Board.

Please share with your staff who are involved in the program and local municipalities who are designated or considering designation. We look forward to working with you in getting more of Vermont’s villages designated and revitalized. Please let me know how I can help you further the goal of designating all of our villages across the state.

Special thanks to all who contributed to the document. Thank you in advance for distributing the guidelines and working to preserve and revitalize Vermont’s villages.

Richard Amore, AICP/ASLA │Planning Coordinator
Community Planning and Revitalization
Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development
One National Life Drive North Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501
Phone: (802) 828-5229
Fax: (802) 828-3258

Deadline Extended for FEMA Applications

FEMA officials announced Wednesday that the deadline for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) applications related to Irene has been extended to September 1. Vermont will establish its own deadlines for municipalities and other eligible applicants to meet FEMA’s deadline. The extension allows better use of available funding, according to Irene recovery officer Dave Rapaport. HMGP is administered by Vermont’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Only state and municipal governments and certain nonprofits can apply, and they’re responsible for a 25 percent match. Projects can include flood-proofing structures or buying out flood-prone properties. HMGP applications can be downloaded at vem.vermont.gov/mitigation, or contact Vermont’s Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ray Doherty, at 800-347-0488 or ray.doherty@state.vt.us for assistance in applying.

Stream Alteration Permits — Comments sought

Comments Sought: Draft Stream Alteration General Permit
The typical flood seasons of spring and early summer will soon be here, and the state wants to have a new Stream Alteration General Permit in place to ensure Vermont has clear standards in place should a disaster strike. The General Permit will provide authorization for activities that may change, alter, or modify the course, current, or cross section of any watercourse within or along the boundaries of Vermont either by movement, fill, or by excavation of ten cubic yards or more in any year. Lessons learned from managing stream alterations in 2011-2012, and the subsequent passage of Act 138, necessitate a rewrite of the General Permit. Act 138 requires the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to establish Rules for the regulation of emergency protective measures that are carried out by municipalities to address imminent threats to public safety and property. Proposed General Permit changes include:
• Provisions for the State authorization of protective measures as required in Act 138;
• Other changes in 10 V.S.A. Chapter 41 Stream Alterations brought about by Act 138; and
• Clarification of state standards in the wake of Vermont’s experience during and after Tropical Storm Irene to help the state and municipalities with FEMA reimbursement.
The draft permit, and other information about the review process, are available at http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/cfm/notices/rivers-notices.cfm. The 30-day public notice for a public meeting on the draft was issued March 11th. The public meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Montpelier at 1 National Life Drive, Main 2 in the Winooski River Meeting Room. Written comments can be submitted by April 12, 2013 to Mike Kline, State Rivers Program Manager, at mike.kline@state.vt.us.