Pouliot Avenue Stormwater Mitigation Project Complete

PRESS RELEASE – December 4, 2019

CONTACTS – Pamela DeAndrea, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission deandrea@cvregion.com, (802) 223-0389

Steve MacKenzie City Manager, Barre City manager@barrecity.org, (802) 476-0241


Barre City has completed a stormwater mitigation project to stabilize a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The project, originally identified through a stormwater assessment by Friends of the Winooski River and Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, was funded by a Clean Water Block Grant, through the Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by Barre City. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with Barre City, Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, Civil Engineering Associates, and Avery Excavation, Inc. completed this stormwater mitigation project in early October, 2019. The project involved stabilization of a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The severe erosion which occurred over time and caused this gully to develop was a significant source of sediment and phosphorus to the Stevens Branch and eventually Lake Champlain. The erosion was caused by stormwater runoff from both the outlet of Pouliot Avenue in Barre City and the surrounding hillside in Barre Town. The implementation of this project entailed removing debris accumulated within the gully. The gully was stabilized with stone gabions (blocks of wire baskets filled with stone), vegetated side slopes, retrofitted culvert, and stone stabilization around the culvert. Please contact Pamela DeAndrea or Steve MacKenzie with any questions. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues. The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

Join our Zoning Administrators Roundtable

Zoning Administrators Roundtable

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

12.03.19  9:00 to 11:00 am

Location:  CVRPC Offices, 29 Main Street, Suite 4

Refreshments will be provided

RSVP’s appreciated, email chartrand@cvregion.com




9:00 am        Welcome and Introductions


9:20 am         ZA Best Practices, Statutory Updates and Ideas for Administration

Presentation designed to spark discussion covering a variety of topics including:

customer service + public education

achieve requirements + maintaining permit records

covering your costs + changes to filing fees

signs + new allowances

approaches to emerging issues (tiny homes, short term rentals…)

managing zoning changes + incremental changes


10:30 am      General Roundtable Discussion

Opportunity to ask questions and share ideas on any zoning administration topic





Persons with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to participate in

programs or activities are encouraged to contact Nancy Chartrand at 802-229-0389 or

chartrand@cvregion.com at least 3 business days prior to the meeting

for which services are requested .

Vulnerability Public Meetings-Stevens Branch Watershed

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been working in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the municipalities of Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Northfield, Orange, Plainfield, Washington and Williamstown to inventory bridges, culverts, and road embankments in the Steven’s Branch watershed that are vulnerable to damage from flood inundation, erosion, and deposition.

We are now ready to present the vulnerability data to these municipalities. Two separate public meetings will be held on November 19th. 1) 1:00 pm @ Barre City Alumni Hall – 3rd floor (20 Auditorium Hill – Barre). 2) 5:30 pm @ Orange Town Hall (392 US Route 302 – Orange).

We hope you can join us.

Northfield Smart Commute Survey 2019

The Northfield Energy Committee is collecting information on how people living in Northfield or commuting to and from Northfield use transportation. Survey results will inform the Committee’s work to encourage more efficient and affordable transportation options.  The survey asks questions about what might motivate ride sharing and other efficient transportation options (bike, walk, bus, or carpool). The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Individuals who take the survey by November 30, 2019 have a chance to win a prize. The winner will be announced after the survey closes. The survey link is: bit.ly/Northfield-Transportation-Survey.

Save the Date: Vermont Dam Safety Workshop – November 5, 2019

This is a FREE workshop being held by Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials

During the workshop, the new draft dam safety rules will be presented and other dam safety topics will be discussed including dam operation, maintenance, Emergency Action Planning, owner responsibilities and liabilities, and examples of how dams fail and example case studies. The Workshop is being put on by the State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Dam Safety Program in conjunction with the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.

Additional info can be found here.

Waitsfield Planning and Zoning Administrator Vacancy

The Town of Waitsfield is looking for an organized,
diplomatic, and collaborative candidate to serve as its Planning and Zoning
Administrator. The 32-hour per week position offers competitive pay and
benefits, a flexible schedule, and a chance to work in one of Vermont’s vibrant
and beautiful communities.

The Planning and Zoning Administrator is responsible for:
compliance with all applicable zoning and subdivision regulations, facilitation
of and support for long-range land use planning, supporting the Planning
Commission and Development Review Board, and serving as the Town’s E-911

A bachelor’s degree in land use planning, public administration, engineering, legal studies, or similarly applicable discipline is required, a master’s degree is preferred. Prior experience in local government is also preferred. Starting pay between $21 and $24 per hour, depending on experience.

Questions can be directed to Town Administrator Trevor M.
Lashua, at townadmin@gmavt.net or (802) 496-2218. Please submit application materials

Position open until filled.


Calais – Zoning Administrator Opening

Calais is looking for a Zoning Administrator.

The job requires about 20 hours per month; salary is $400 per month for up to 20 hours/month.

A complete job description is available on https://www.calaisvermont.gov/

If interested, please send letter with a resume to jgohlsson@gmail.com or mail to Calais Town Office; Attn: Chair, Planning; 3120 Pekin Brook Rd., East Calais, Vt  05650.


Feel free to call Jan at 232-1028 with questions.

Application deadline is October 7, 2019

Local Action for Transportation Transformation: A Central Vermont Regional Energy Event

On October 2nd, town energy committees, town energy coordinators and other interested participants from Central Vermont will gather to share their work and to consider how they can improve transportation options in their communities.


Time: Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Montpelier City Hall


The agenda for this gathering includes a sharing of updates, presentations from experts, and breakout discussions to identify opportunities for multi-town collaboration. Presenters include:

  • Phoenix Mitchell – Creator of The Hitching Post and CoffeePooling
  • David Roberts – DRIVE Electric Vermont
  • Jane Pekol – Northfield Energy Committee

43% of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector, and nearly half of a typical Vermont household’s energy budget is spent on transportation, mostly on gasoline. Vermont’s town energy committees are focused on saving money for their communities and reducing Vermont’s carbon emissions, and as a result, are intensifying their focus on transforming Vermont’s transportation system.


“Vermont’s energy committees have proven that they are adept at tackling complex matters like weatherization of homes, solar deployment, and energy planning,” noted Johanna Miller, Energy and Climate Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC). “Working with these community-based leaders on improving transportation options will be key as Vermont grapples with this complex challenge.”


Improving walking and biking options, increasing ride-sharing and public transit usage, and vehicle electrification are all key approaches to increasing mobility while reducing cost and emissions.


“Whether it is making their streets more walkable and bikeable, or installing public electric vehicle chargers, many of our member towns are working with their local residents to provide better and more diverse transportation choices,” noted Bonnie Wanninger, Director of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission. “This event brings together a great group of presenters that will provide excellent advice to towns while also facilitating multi-town collaborations.”


The Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (hosted by the Vermont Natural Resources Council) along with Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and the Vermont Council on Rural Development will co-sponsor this event focused on municipal-level actions to help transform Vermont’s transportation system.


Individuals interested in attending are asked to RSVP by contacting Nancy Chartrand at chartrand@cvregion.com, or by calling (802)-229-0389.

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