Transportation and Climate Initiative Meeting

Please join the Lamoille County Planning Commission and the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission in a review and discussion of the new Transportation and Climate Initiative.  September 6th, 9-11 am; Steele Community Room, Waterbury, VT.

 

The State of Vermont has been working with 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia on a regional approach to reducing Green House Gas emissions from the transportation sector through a cap and invest program.  Vermont has 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.

 

Please join us for this discussion and have your voice heard.

 

Proposed Agenda:

Current state of rural transportation in the region

Best practices and innovative ideas

Planning goals and vision for the future

Prioritized funding categories

 

Help Shape the Future of Vermont Outdoor Recreation

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

They are also holding a  public open house on Tuesday August 27th, Thatcher Brook School Gym, Waterbury, 6-8 pm.

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.

State Government Municipal Day – October 25, 2019, Montpelier

When Governments Cooperate is sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. This annual training includes a wide variety of workshops and gives you the opportunity to network and engage with State and municipal colleagues. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. New this year, flexible registration is being offered at several locations so those who aren’t able to attend for a full day still have an opportunity to participate. Read more and register here.

SAVE THE DATE: Transportation and Climate Initiative – September 6th

The State of Vermont has been working with 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia on a regional approach to reducing 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.  We anticipate between $20-75 million in new revenue 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.  We’d like to engage you in a detailed conversation about how those resources might be prioritized if Vermont moves forward with this effort.

 

More details about the Transportation and Climate Initiative can be found here.

 

CVRPC will be hosting the meeting for our region at the Steele Community Room in the Waterbury Municipal Office Building on September 6th beginning at 9:00 am. 

GMT News

Last week, Green Mountain Transit released a letter from GMT’s Interim General Manager, Jon Moore.  It outlines several route changes that will become active August 26.

Click here to read the whole letter and learn about upcoming changes to GMT’s Bus Map & Guide.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on August 27th, 2019 beginning at 5:00 pm in the Central VT Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 963 Paine Turnpike North, Berlin, Vermont.

 

The purpose of this hearing is to consider approval of the Warren, Vermont 2019 Town Plan, as adopted by the Selectboard on April 23, 2019; and to confirm the Town of Warren’s planning process under 24 VSA Section §4350.

 

Copies of the Plan can be reviewed at the Town of Warren Municipal Building or at the offices of Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, during normal business hours.   Phone: 802-229-0389.