Regional Plan Public Hearing

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will hold its final public hearing to review amendments proposed for the 2008 Central Vermont Regional Plan.  The goals and policies of the Plan affect the entire geographic area of Central Vermont (the 20 municipalities in Washington County and the Towns of Orange, Washington, and Williamstown in Orange County).  A copy of the proposed amendments has been provided to each municipality.  Copies are also available for review at the office of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602 (second floor above Rite Aid) or on the CVRPC website  CVRPC is proposing amendments to the Land Use Elements and revised Future Land Use map. Comments on the Plan can be sent by e-mail to The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s conference room, Paine Turnpike South, Berlin, exit 7 off of I-89.  The Commission will consider new comments received and will consider adoption of these amendments at the close of this hearing.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grants

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in partnership with the Agency of Natural resources has announced a third round of approximately $44,000 in Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grants for Designated Downtowns and Village Centers.  They are pleased to extend this funding opportunity to include designated village centers previously only available to designated downtowns.

Grant applications are due October 31, 2015.  See the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grant Application for eligibility, funding and application requirements.  Any municipality with a Designated Downtown or Designated Village Center may apply for funding and must be submitted by the municipality.  The maximum grant amount is $25,000 with a 25% match requirement that can be cash or in-kind.

Priority consideration will be given to high priority areas that do not currently have an existing or planned Electric Vehicle Charging Station in the designated downtown or village center and/or the geographic location is close to major highways/roads.  You can find locations for the existing electric vehicle charging stations in Vermont by following this link.

Interested applicants are asked to contact DHCD even if you are not in a position to apply this year.  Understanding the level of interest from communities will helps in planning for the future of electric vehicle charging station grants.

The electric vehicle charging station grant is a great funding opportunity to expand the network of charging stations statewide and DHDC looks forward to working with you.  Please contact Gary Holloway, the Downtown Program Coordinator at 802-828-3220 if you have questions or need assistance with the grant application.