CVRPC Bids Farewell

Staff and Board members bid farewell this week to Dan Currier who will be moving on to the Agency of Transportation as a Public Transit Coordinator. While we are excited about this new opportunity for Dan we are indeed sad to see him go. Dan has been a constant presence at CVRPC through times of change and stands as a model for his colleagues and the communities he works with. Please see the Resolution  recognizing Dan’s outstanding service, adopted at the Board meeting on January 14th.
We wish Dan all the best, and look forward to working with him in his new role.

Tier II Compliance Assistance Workshops on Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and Clean Air Act

The Vermont State Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites you to free half day compliance assistance workshop on Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and Clean Air Act, Section 112(r) Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements. The workshops are designed for environmental compliance managers and owners and will cover the redesigned Tier 2 Submit 2019 software, threshold determinations, exemptions, and other commonly asked questions. For compliance with EPCRA and RMP, there are various planning and reporting requirements for businesses and industries that store and/or use certain chemicals/substances/materials.

 

Tuesday, January 28th, Barre Municipal Auditorium Alumni Hall, Main Room, 2nd floor, 20 Auditorium Hill, Barre 05641 – Note: When using a GPS – older models will refer to “Seminary Hill” which is now “Auditorium” Hill. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vt-epcra-tier-ii-training-in-barre-tickets-86687609975

 

Wednesday, January 29th, Brattleboro – Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vt-epcra-tier-ii-training-in-brattleboro-vt-tickets-82221561905

 

Resources:

Tier2 Submit 2019 Software, now available to download:

https://www.epa.gov/epcra/tier2-submit-software.

 

Find out about your EPCRA Tier 2 reporting procedures and requirements for your state:

https://www.epa.gov/epcra/state-tier-ii-reporting-requirements-and-procedures.

 

We hope that you will be able to join us for one of the in-person workshops!

All upcoming EPA EPCRA workshops will be posted on our website: https://www.epa.gov/epcra/emergency-planning-and-community-right-know-act-epcra-workshops-new-england

CVRPC TO ASSIST STATE TACTICAL BASIN PLANNING

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is pleased to announce expanded outreach and services to municipalities and the public to improve tactical basin planning efforts for the Ompompanoosuc-Stevens-Wells-Waits-Connecticut River Direct Tributaries (Basin 14) and overall water quality efforts. The work is provided through a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Activities began this fall and will extend through September 2020.

The Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) for Basin 14 is currently being updated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). CVRPC staff will assist the DEC by facilitating enhanced municipal and public input during the drafting process so that the TBP accurately reflects local concerns and priorities. Basin Plans help provide the umbrella for other various planning initiatives, including Stormwater Master Planning and River Corridor Planning, and ultimately provide a vehicle to strategically address regional water quality priorities. A formal draft of the TBP is anticipated to be released in July 2020. Tactical Basin Plans help identify and focus efforts needed to protect or restore specific watersheds through the state.

In addition, the CVRPC will also work with its member municipalities to encourage a variety of efforts to improve water quality. These efforts could include suggested improvements to zoning bylaws (such as river corridor bylaw considerations), assistance with securing funding for project development and implementation or helping towns comply with the upcoming Draft General Permit 3-9050, aka the “3-acre” developed lands permit.

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. For more information on CVRPC, please visit www.centralvtplanning.org.

For detailed information on Basin 14, please visit: https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/watershed-planning/tactical-basin-planning/basin14

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

 

Agenda

 

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
coordinator.

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
electronically.

Position open until filled.

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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