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Stormwater Master Planning in Berlin, VT

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a grant from the Ecosystem Restoration Program Watershed Management Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  The grant was awarded to create a Stormwater Master Plan for the Town of Berlin, which will serve to improve the management of stormwater runoff in Central Vermont. The plan will serve the dual purpose of protecting the State’s water quality and supporting CVRPC’s goal to assist municipalities in implementing state and federal environmental requirements.

This Stormwater Master Plan will help organize previous studies which include stormwater infrastructure mapping, road erosion assessments, road erosion inventory for the Dog River, river corridor plans, culvert and bridge inventory and evaluate projects and programs that will remedy concerns. The project will include the examination of existing data and field work to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and prioritize projects to implement.  CVRPC will work with a municipal storm water team and a consultant to develop the final plan over the next 10 months.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region focusing on technical assistance on land use and transportation planning, resource mapping, and special projects such as brownfield assessments, hazard mitigation planning, and food systems planning.

For more information please contract Marian Wolz, Assistant Planner at wolz@cvregion.com.

 

Joint Stormwater Master Planning in Central Vermont

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a grant from the Ecosystem Restoration Program Watershed Management Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  The grant was awarded to create a three town joint Stormwater Master Plan for the municipalities of Barre City, Barre Town and Plainfield. This plan will serve to improve the management of stormwater runoff in Central Vermont. The plan will serve the dual purpose of protecting the State’s water quality and supporting CVRPC’s goal to assist municipalities in implementing state and federal environmental requirements.

Recent flooding and damage to infrastructure in Barre City, Barre Town and Plainfield is fresh in everyone’s mind.  This type of damage seems to be occurring more frequently as heavier rain events add more water to already limited stormwater infrastructure.  To make matters worse is that Barre City is at the receiving end of the water coming from Barre Town and Plainfield, making it necessary for a watershed wide planning approach.  The SWMP will help provide the tools and resources necessary for these municipalities to target areas that are in danger from stormwater and take the next steps in protecting them.

This Stormwater Master Plan will help organize previous studies which include stormwater infrastructure mapping, road erosion assessments, and IDDE surveys and will evaluate projects and programs that will remedy concerns. The project will include the examination of existing data and field work to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and prioritize projects to implement.  CVRPC will work with a municipal storm water team and a consultant to develop the final plan over the next 10 months.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region focusing on technical assistance on land use and transportation planning, resource mapping, and special projects such as brownfield assessments, hazard mitigation planning, and food systems planning.

For more information please contract Marian Wolz, Assistant Planner at wolz@cvregion.com.

 

EVENT INFORMATION

 TITLE:                         Energy Planning Standards Training for Municipalities

DATE:                         Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6-8PM

LOCATION:                Brown Public Library, Community Room

93 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663

SPONSOR:                  Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

DETAILS:                    Free, open to the public, light refreshments will be provided

RSVP:                          By Friday, December 9, 2016 to

Eric Vorwald, vorwald@cvregion.com, (802) 229-0389

Energy Planning Standards Training For Municipalities

Municipalities desiring a stronger voice in renewable energy development should attend a training on Act 174, the Energy Development Improvement Act, and energy planning standards for municipal plans.  Hosted by the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), the training will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the Brown Public Library in Northfield.

 Act 174 establishes a set of optional municipal and regional energy planning standards. The standards will be used by the Department of Public Service (DPS) to make determinations as to whether regional and municipal plans are consistent with state energy policy. Communities that decide to draft energy plans will have their plans reviewed using the standards. Communities that meet the standards will receive substantial deference for land conservation measures and specific policies when the Public Service Board considers orderly development in its review of energy siting applications.

The “determination standards for energy compliance” are a checklist-based application that will be used to determine if a regional or municipal plan is consistent with the requirements of statute. Plans must be consistent with state energy policy including: greenhouse has reduction goals, renewable energy goals, building efficiency goals and efficiency and renewable energy generation goals.

CVRPC has funds to assist municipalities with writing municipal energy plans.  CVRPC also will provide energy use data and maps of potential energy resources to all member municipalities regardless of whether the municipality chooses to pursue writing an energy plan.

Municipalities interested in CVRPC’s assistance in writing energy plans and in gaining substantial deference in the Certificate of Public Good process are encourage to attend. The training is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Eric Vorwald, CVRPC Senior Planner: vorwald@cvregion.com or (802) 229-0389.

 

 

 

 

Geomorphic Study of Mad River and Major Tributaries in Moretown, VT

 

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a grant from the Ecosystem Restoration Program Watershed Management Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.   CVRPC’s grant is for the creation of a River Corridor Plan that will help to highlight strategies for river corridor protection and flood hazard mitigation.  This will serve the dual purpose of protecting the State’s water quality and supporting the Regions goal to assist communities with natural resource planning and protection.

 

The Mad River watershed received wide spread flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 with some of the hardest hit areas being in Moretown, washing out roads and flooding homes.  In fact, the flood waters in Moretown Village rose to the ceiling of many first floor homes and flooded the Moretown Town Office destroying nearly all Town records. The collection of this data and writing of the River Corridor Plan will help Moretown and Friends of the Mad River identify location and strategies to restore and protect the rivers and streams, which will help reduce the impacts from flooding and improve water quality in the Mad River.

 

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region focusing on technical assistance on land use and transportation planning, resource mapping, and special projects such as brownfield assessments, hazard mitigation planning, and food systems planning.   More information is available at the CVRPC web site and blog at www.centralvtplanning.org.