CVRPC Seeking Proposals for Transportation Planning and Studies

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is seeking ideas for transportation planning projects to be completed in 2019. Help us make getting around easier, safer, and more convenient for everyone by contributing your transportation planning and study ideas.
The full request for ideas is available at: 2018 Transportation Planning & Study Letter
Projects might include, but are not be limited to:
  • rail, transit, park & ride, or airport studies;
  • road surface, sign, culvert/bridge, road erosion, & sidewalk inventories;
  • intersection improvements; bicycle or pedestrian improvements;
  • increasing infrastructure resilience; transportation capital budgets;
  • traffic circulation analysis; traffic calming planning;
  • applying green infrastructure to streets;
  • multi-town road improvement plans; active transportation plans;
  • streetlight or traffic signal analysis; Complete Streets practices
Project ideas should be submitted in writing to Daniel Currier, Program Manager, currier@cvregion.com by November 13, 2018. Please describe the type and location of the project and describe why the project is needed.
Last year, CVRPC completed one planning studies for Waterbury VT. The study focused on the bridge on Stowe St. near the intersection of Stowe St. and Lincoln St. The resulting Existing Conditions report will help the Town of Waterbury identify the best solution for fixing or replacing the bridge and what faculties the bridge should carry.
The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region. We leverage the power of people working.

Water Wise Woodlands

Whether you have 5 or 500 acres of woodland, you can help prevent flood damage and produce one of Vermont’s most important forest products—clean water! Healthy woodlands can absorb, slow down, and filter rain and storm water. Starting at the waters’ source, woodland owners in the Winooski Headwaters can be good stewards of the landscape, ensuring a healthy environment.
WALKS
Join fellow woodland owners for a walk in the woods to learn more about forest stewardship activities taking place in the Upper Winooski Watershed.
Saturday October 13, 2018 | Marshfield | 8:30am – noon
Walk through northern hardwood forest being managed as a large-scale maple, beech and birch sugarbush. Meet at Old Schoolhouse Common parking lot at 8:30 am to carpool to the site near the railroad bed.
Contact: Steve Fiske, stevefiskevt@gmail.com
Saturday October 20, 2018 | Cabot | 9:00 am – noon
Walk through fields and forest that are managed for wildlife habitat and as a certified Tree Farm. From Cabot Village, take Danville Hill Rd 1.5 miles to Bermingham Lane (private road on right)
Contact: Gary Gulka, gulka@fairpoint.net
Sunday October 28, 2018 | Plainfield | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Walk through a 9-acre hardwood forest to learn about what techniques can make a water wise woodland. From village take Brook Road 2.4 miles to property at 2351 Brook Road.
Contact: Clare Rock, rock@cvregion.com.
Rain or Shine
RSVP’s appreciated but not required.
Project partners: Vermont Woodlands Association, Friends of the Winooski River, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Winooski Headwaters Community Partnership.
With funding from the High Meadows Fund

Press Release from Agency of Natural Resources

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2018

Contacts:

Karen Bates, Department of Environmental Conservation

(802) 490-6144 | Karen.Bates@vermont.gov

PUBLIC INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN CLEAN WATER IMPLEMENTATION MEETINGS

 MONTPELIER – Whether it’s a favorite swimming hole, an iconic stream running through town, or a fishing spot along the shores of Lake Champlain, thousands of people use the Winooski River Watershed’s lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams. Every one of the watershed’s residents can also play a meaningful role protecting or cleaning up Winooski’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites residents with connections to Vermont’s waterways to attend public meetings to weigh in on water quality improvement projects and hear updates on the overall restoration plans.

“The Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan is an important tool in protecting this valued watershed,” said Charlie Baker, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director. “We’re asking Vermonters from all corners of the Winooski watershed to join us in reviewing the draft plan. Their ideas and feedback will help guide our work over the next five years and, ultimately, reach our clean water goals.”

DEC and associated Regional Planning Commissions are hosting a series of public meetings to provide updates and gather feedback on the Draft Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan. The Winooski River Basin includes all of Washington County, a little less than half of Chittenden County and small parts of Lamoille and Orange Counties. The plan outlines a series of actions the State, towns, and local organizations will take to improve the Winooski River watershed. It also provides information about how landowners, organizations, and communities can access clean water funding and technical assistance.

“Using this plan as our guide, we’ll be able to protect and restore water quality throughout the entire Winooski watershed – from the lakes and ponds to the rivers and wetlands,” said Karen Bates, DEC watershed planner. “The Plan lets us get a pulse on the current health of the Winooski River Basin and allows us to determine which actions will deliver the greatest return on our investments.”

One of the most important pieces of the plan are the Basin’s phosphorus reduction targets across landuse types over the next 20 years. At the upcoming public meetings, DEC staff will share targets as well as regulatory and non-regulatory actions to achieve them. This reduction will translate to fewer algal blooms in the Basin as well as Lake Champlain. The plan also addresses other high-priority stressors like channel erosion and invasive species such as Eurasian water milfoil.

These plans are the result of collaboration with local, State, federal and non-profit partners. Public meetings over the next two months will bring these and other key watershed partners together with members of the public to discuss clean water implementation plans. Meetings will take place in the evening at the following locations:

Winooski  |  October 2 at 6:00-7:30pm

Williston Police Department Conference Room

7928 Williston Road

Berlin  | October 9th at 7:00-9:00 pm

the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Main Conference Room

33 Stewart Rd.

Essex Junction |  October 17th 5:00 -6:30 pm

Agency of Natural Resources Regional Office

Act 250 conference room in the Fish and Wildlife Building

111 West Street

For those unable to participate in the meetings, more information on both plans can be found at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin8

Transportation Is Changing – Make It Work For You

Central Vermont Medical Center – Conference Room 1
October 4, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA), Barre Project Independence, VT Agency of Transportation, and Green Mountain Transit (GMT) are holding a forum to explore how a Paratransit System should operate in the Barre-Montpelier area.

Paratransit is for persons who are unable to use the fixed route bus system due to a disability. These services are provided within three-quarters of a mile on either side of the fixed route bus service, during the operating hours of the fixed route.

If you are an older adult, person with disabilities, or a caregiver to someone who is an older adult or person with disabilities, we want to hear from you.

Currently, GMT uses deviated fixed route service to accommodate people with disabilities. GMT’s plan is to switch from deviated fixed routes to a separate paratransit service for users that qualify.

Peter Johnke, Deputy Director at VCIL, said, “We were excited to partner with CVRPC on this project because it gives people with disabilities a voice in the planning process, concerning changes in transportation that will affect them.”
“Many older adults in the Barre-Montpelier area rely on GMT to get them to medical appointments and elsewhere. Their concerns need to be heard and addressed whenever there are any changes to the system and service delivery,” stated Jeanne Kern, CVCOA Director of Community & Volunteer Services.

CVRPC received an Inclusive Transportation Planning Framework Grant. “Although this grant is focused on more inclusive transportation planning, we hope to learn from this, so that all of CVRPC projects are more inclusive”, said Daniel Currier, Transportation Manager for CVRPC.

Please come to this meeting to learn how to get involved. The meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference Room 1, 130 Fisher Road, Berlin, VT. For any questions, please contact Dan Currier @ CVRPC – 802-229-0389 | currier@cvregion.com

Municipal Class 4 Road Erosion Remediation Project Workshops

OVERVIEW:

The primary objective of this project is to reduce sediment and phosphorus runoff by implementing road Best Management Practices (BMPs) on hydrologically-connected municipal road segments, specifically Class 4 roads, within the Lake Champlain watershed. Hydrologically-connected road segments are those sections of road at high risk to impact adjacent surface waters, lakes, ponds, perennial and intermittent streams, and wetlands. The State has developed a hydrologically-connected road segment GIS layer that is available on the VT ANR Natural Resources Atlashttp://anr.vermont.gov/maps/nr-atlas. Secondary benefits of implementing road BMPs are improved flood resiliency and road safety. This project demonstrated the importance of municipalities addressing significant erosion sources from Class 4 roads.

BMPs implemented during the project include drainage and driveway culvert upgrades, turn out installations, culvert outlet stabilizations, culvert headwall stabilizations, grass and stone-lined drainage ditch installations, roadside berm removal, and road resurfacing. All of these practices promote road stormwater disconnection, infiltration and conveyance stability.

Two workshops highlighting the completed Municipal Class 4 Road Erosion Remediation and Demonstration Projects were held in late August. The workshops focused on the BMP utilized to address significant erosion sources from Class 4 roads, the cost and time expended for the specific BMP installed by road and segment, and how each road segment now meets the Municipal Roads General Permit standards. By sharing the project remediation and demonstration components and having a “lessons learned” discussion, other municipalities across the state will learn how to replicate the Class 4 erosion BMP. Site visits to the specific demonstration project areas helped to showcase the work that has been completed.

 LESSONS LEARNED:

Many Class 4 roads have been minimally maintained for years with the occasional grading and/or maintenance of the culverts and bridges. CVRPC found many towns reluctant to work on these roads even with funding available. The reasons for their reluctance included other priority roadway projects to work on; Class 4 roads in town serve very few residents; off-road and 4 wheeler use would ruin the work; the remote erosion location would require upgrading the road in order to reach the area in need of fixing, costing more than fix itself.

This project’s success was at identifying locations where the town had a strong need or desire to have the roadway in better condition. For instance, Apple Hill in Calais is a short cut between two roads in Calais, providing a convenience for residents to reduce travel time and distance. Hancock Brook in Worcester is an emergency access to the north east part of town if Hampshire Hill Rd washes out. These and other reasons are why the sites were selected and work was performed by the towns.

BY THE NUMBERS:

28 Segments of road were addressed over 1.7 total miles in 4 towns.

Grant Award was $100,000 with a local match of $20,000 for a total construction value of $120,000.

Actuals as of 8/22/18:  $72,131 municipal reimbursement from grant with local match of $18,033 for a total construction value of $90,164.

NOTE:  All costs outlined are estimates and individual town costs may differ         

 *This project was funded with a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake Champlain Basin Program

Stormwater Designer Training Events

The adopted 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual (VSMM) Rule will become effective on July 1, 2017.  Administratively complete stormwater permit applications received by the Department prior to that date may design and submit under the 2002 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual.

The adopted 2017 VSMM, and related rule-making filings, remain posted on the Stormwater Program Manual update web page:  http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/stormwater/manual_update. The Stormwater Management Rules, Chapter 18 and Chapter 22, were also updated concurrently only as necessary to reference the new Manual.  Those changes to the Rules to reflect the 2017 VSMM also take effect on July 1, 2017.

As a reminder, the adopted version of the 2017 VSMM Rule is reflective of requirements only, and is not reflective of guidance, schematics, photos, or other depictions that will serve as guidance, as previously had been included in the preliminary March 1, 2016 draft.

The DEC Stormwater Program has since re-packaged the content of the adopted 2017 VSMM Rule document in a user-friendly, manual format, inclusive of additional guidance, including design schematics and photos, that will be useful to designers and the public in applying the Rule.  The repackaged 2017 Manual is expected to be released this Monday, April 17, 2017 and will be posted at the above link at that time along with these updates.

The Stormwater Program is also in the process of updating application materials and other documents that will support use of the new Manual.  This effort will involve further refinement of the STP Selection Tool and supporting guidance related to justification and feasibility of STP selection under the Water Quality Treatment Standard, and refinement of other tools that will simplify use of the new Manual and permit application submittal.  We expect to release updated permit application materials and application preparation and design tools that will be applicable to permit applications submitted under the 2017 Manual in early May.

 

 

Designer Training for 2017 VSMM Overview and Permit Application Preparation

 

The Department’s Stormwater Program will be offering several training events on the new Manual in May to support designers in their understanding of the new requirements and preparation of stormwater permit applications under the 2017 VSMM.  The program has partnered with a number of organizations around the state in offering these training opportunities.  Although the events will be free, the training events will have as assigned capacity based on the capacity of the venue, so it will be required that you RSVP to secure your spot.  Again, this training will focus on design and application preparation and geared towards the stormwater design and engineering community, however all stakeholders are welcome to attend.  The Stormwater Program also expects to schedule additional opportunities for training and outreach as needed, beyond this first initial offering which focuses on permit application design and preparation.

 

Each of the training events will include an overview of the new Manual with Stormwater Program staff, including applying the updated stormwater treatment standards under the new runoff-reduction approach and prioritized Water Quality Practice Selection framework.  The training will include a review of the stormwater treatment practice design requirements, including a review of changes to certain practices.   The training will also include a review of new application materials, supporting guidance, and application preparation tools, including design examples.

 

The stormwater designer training events scheduled are as follows and require RSVP to Kevin Burke, kevin.burke@vermont.gov for attendance.

 

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Martin Memorial Hall, Weathersfield, Vermont (5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030)

Presented in partnership with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (www.torc.org) and

the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (www.swcrpc.org)

 

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Rutland City Department of Public Works, 52 Washington Street, Rutland, Vermont

Presented in partnership with the Green Mountain Water Environment Association (www.gmwea.org)

 

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Offices, 110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, Vermont

Presented in partnership with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (www.ccrpcvt.org)

 

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Montpelier Office, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, Montpelier Room, Montpelier, Vermont

Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds

Press Release

Valley Reporter

 

PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites

In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds

 

 

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is conducting a flood study in the area along the Mad River, the Winooski River, and Thatcher Brook in the towns of Duxbury, Fayston, Middlesex, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury. The purpose of the study is to 1) develop flood inundation data, 2) identify key vulnerable infrastructure, and 3) identify treatment options for these vulnerable sites. The study is a direct result of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.  It will help guide redevelopment and lead to mitigation actions to reduce risks to public safety and infrastructure in the future.  The inundation data will help the communities in a variety of ways:

  • Understand the extent of flood inundation from various storm events;
  • Support flood risk analysis related to mitigation and planning;
  • Explore “What if” scenarios in support of preparedness;
  • Provide timely response based on real time gauge and forecast information;
  • Support damage assessment related to recovery efforts; and
  • Support Environmental and Ecological Assessments – wetlands identification and hazardous spill cleanup.

 

CVRPC has contracted with Dubois & King Inc. of Randolph, Vermont to perform the study.  The field work is substantially complete and the preliminary inundation data has been gathered.  Using the data, CVRPC has created maps identifying the vulnerable infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts, utilities, homes, businesses, etc.) located in the most vulnerable sites, at the 10, 25 and 50 year flood profiles.  CVRPC is presenting this information to the community during the next two weeks.  We are interested in receiving feedback from the community on identifying the priority sites (the most vulnerable sites). We are combining meetings between the seven communities in the flood study area.   You are invited and encouraged to attend your community meeting. We look forward to your participation and insight.  The Community Meeting schedule is posted below.  This project is funded by a VCDP grant awarded by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in the amount of $62,250.

 

Fayston and Waitsfield:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Room

Waitsfield Town Offices

4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT  05673

 

Warren:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Warren Town Hall, Top Floor meeting space

413 Main Street, Warren, VT 05674

 

Duxbury and Moretown:

Friday, April 14, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Moretown Town Hall

1147 Route 100B, Moretown, VT 05660

 

Waterbury and Middlesex:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Steele Community Room

Waterbury Municipal Offices

28 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT

 

For more information contact Laura Ranker, Emergency Management Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

29 Main Street, Suite 4

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone:  (802) 229-0389

Email:  ranker@cvregion.com

Web:  www.centralvtplanning.org

Making River Corridors Work for You Workshop

Cold Hollow to Canada, the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain are co-sponsoring a workshop lead by staff from UVM Sea Grant and the Vermont Rivers Program called Making River Corridors Work for You on Tuesday, April 18th from 5 – 8:30 pm at the Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls. From 5-6 pm a river/stream flume will be open to the public to explore and then a workshop for others involved in planning and conservation will run from 6-8:30 pm.

This hands-on workshop will be held for conservation commissions, water quality groups, and planning commissions in Franklin County. Community members interested in resiliency planning, wildlife connectivity and water quality are welcome as well. Dinner will be provided. From 5-6 pm families and individuals are invited to participate in a hands-on learning session about how streams and rivers work, trying their hands as stream engineers with a model stream table. The workshop will begin at 6 pm for others.

During this interactive session you will:
• try your hand as a stream engineer, manipulating stream pathways, culverts, and bank stabilization to see what happens over time with a stream demonstration table;
• learn about the intersection between wildlife and infrastructure in river corridors;
• learn about the importance of river corridors and how towns can create a river corridor plan;
• see Agency of Natural Resources Atlas tools to aid town resiliency planning;
• be introduced to model river corridor bylaws, assistance available, and steps to adopt them

Workshop will be lead by staff from UVM Sea Grant and the Vermont Rivers Program, with support from the workshop co-sponsors including Missisquoi River Basin Association, and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.

Register in advance: https://www.coldhollowtocanada.org/events/rsvp/

Dinner will be included and there is no charge for the workshop. Visit the Cold Hollow to Canada website for details here: http://bit.ly/FCRiverCorridors