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 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

If interested, please send letter with a resume to 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, 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


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 To have a paper copy of the survey mailed to you, call 802-598-4551 or email  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.