Northfield Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 2016

The Town of Northfield would like to invite comment on its Draft 2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Hazard Mitigation Planning is a measure that municipalities can take to reduce local losses to life or property as a result of a natural disaster.  Download the Plan here:

Draft Northfield Hazard Mitigation Plan – Sept. 28, 2016

Northfield has identified projects that will help prevent future damage and losses due to flooding, water supply contamination, railroad accidents, severe storms, and severe winter weather. Highlights from the projects identified in the plan include:

  • outreach and analysis process to determine if the town will alter its Floodplain Zoning Regulation to include a River Corridor regulation in conformance with State criteria
  • Participate in the next Rail Car Incident Response Course offered by the State Fire Academy
  • Develop project scope(s) of work for flood modeling between Cross Bros. Dam and the Dog River Drive Facilities, to define potential project components, their products, and their uses.
  • seek voter approval at Town Meeting 2017 to construct a new ambulance facility in a location removed from flooding risks
  • Restore floodplain parallel to Water Street to reduce future flooding in that neighborhood

Comments may be submitted to Gail Aloisio, Assistant Planner, at, or to Jeff Schulz, Northfield Town Manager, at or 802-485-6121.

HUD Manufactured Home Installation Program Brochure Available for Municipal Download

On May 1, 2016, enforcement of  the Manufactured Home Installation Program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began throughout Vermont. The purpose of the Manufactured Home Installation Program is to implement regulations 24 CFR 3285 and 24 CFR Part 3286 to ensure that states have in place a minimum installation standard and an operating installation program.

All new mobile homes must be inspected. If a municipality issues a certificate of occupancy, it must be in conjunction with installation of the home by a licensed installer under this program. The HUD Installation Program includes, but is not limited to, requirements for installer training and licensing, 100% inspection of new manufactured homes by qualified inspectors, and information reporting by retailers.

In Vermont, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the Manufactured Home Installation Program. HUD will ensure that Vermont’s installation trainers are registered with HUD, and that persons planning to install homes in HUD-administered states are licensed by HUD.

Information for manufactured homeowners has been compiled in a brochure that municipalities can print for distribution to manufactured homeowners. Brochures can also be customized for towns upon request. The brochures are available for download below in both color and black/white.

For more information or to request a customized brochure, contact Clare Rock at

HUD Manufactured Home Installation Program Brochure – Generic Color

HUD Manufactured Home Installation Program Brochure – Generic B&W


Join the Northfield Economic Development Committee to Learn About Redevelopment Plans for Four Downtown Northfield Properties

Join the Northfield Economic Development Committee to learn about redevelopment plans for four properties in Downtown Northfield


Wednesday September 28th

6 PM at the Northfield Police Station

The Committee will present plans to bring more economic activity back to East St. & the Mayo/Northfield Savings Block, the Gateway Block and Frieghtyard Way. Come learn the details for revitalizing downtown Northfield.

Northfield Downtown Development Flyer


The Central Vermont Brownfields Program is funded through the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Brownfields Law) which provides federal financial assistance for brownfields revitalization, including grants for assessment, cleanup and Revolving Loan Funds.  CVRPC is currently seeking qualifications from environmental contractors to provide services under U.S. EPA Community Wide Assessment Grants.  Services are needed to assess both Hazardous and Petroleum Substances.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is requesting Statements of Qualifications for professional services for Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments and Remediation/Corrective Action Plans; advice and assistance to the Brownfields Advisory Committee and Project Manager; and public involvement and education duties, as necessary.

CVRPC intends to select three to five qualified environmental contractors or contractor teams to serve through the end of Federal Fiscal Year 2020. The deadline for submitting Statements of Qualifications is Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 4:30 pm.

Copies of the Request for Qualifications can downloaded here:

Any questions should be submitted in writing to Gail Aloisio ( no later than Friday, September 16th at 5:00 pm.  Answers will be posted the following Friday on the CVRPC Request for Qualifications page listed above.

Further details about the CVRPC Brownfields Program is available at


Button Up Day of Action – Request for Proposals

Efficiency Vermont is seeking proposals from town energy committees and other comparable community-based organizations and groups to support community-based public outreach efforts around 2016 Button Up Day of Action. Local energy groups are encouraged to think broadly about the best ways to engage with community members around improving thermal efficiency, and are encouraged to implement community engagement activities both on and leading up to Button Up Day – scheduled for November 12, 2016. Efficiency Vermont anticipates awarding up to 15 grants with a maximum amount of $2,500/grant. The community mini-grants are part of a larger promotional effort that Efficiency Vermont plans to implement in the fall 2016 to promote home efficiency improvements.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00 p.m., September 7, 2016, but the deadline for submitting a letter of support has been extended to September 30, 2016. For questions regarding this RFP, contact: Paul Markowitz, Program Manager at Efficiency Vermont: or 802 540 7608.

For more detailed information about this RFP and a grant application form, go to: