Planning for Flood Resilience!

With Act 16 in 2013 Vermont has established flood resilience goals for municipal, regional and state plans. Beginning July 2014 new municipal and regional plans must include a flood resilience element that addresses the goals identified in Chapter 117 §4302.
§4302. PURPOSE; GOALS
(14) To encourage flood resilient communities.
(A) New development in identified flood hazard, fluvial erosion, and river corridor protection areas should be avoided. If new development is to be built in such areas, it should not exacerbate flooding and fluvial erosion.
(B) The protection and restoration of floodplains and upland forested areas that attenuate and moderate flooding and fluvial erosion should be encouraged.
(C) Flood emergency preparedness and response planning should be encouraged
A simple SharePoint website has been pulled together to support planners working on flood resilience.   The site has links to data, suggestions, supportive contacts and early drafts.
Please take a look and spread the word !

Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife: A Guide for Local Action

VNRC is very pleased to announce the release of Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife: A Guide for Local Action.

Over the years, VNRC has supported Vermont communities by offering proactive solutions to reduce forest fragmentation and parcelization in Vermont to maintain the rural character of our state. There are many different ways that communities can help sustain forests and wildlife at the local and regional levels, and the Guide provides town officials and interested citizens with details about the many implementation strategies  - both regulatory and non-regulatory – to do just that. VNRC hopes that it will become a go-to resource for you.

Please download a copy and share it with your communities, clients, constituents, and colleagues: www.vnrc.org/programs/forests-wildlife/guide/.