Proposed Amendments to the 2016 Regional Plan Hearings Rescheduled

Public hearings on the 2016 Central Vermont Regional Plan, 2020 Draft Amendment have been rescheduled and shall take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:35 pm and Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:50 pm. Both hearings will take place virtually, via the online GoToMeeting platform. Log on directions and conference call information will be available at least 15-days prior to the hearings. (These hearings were originally scheduled for this spring, but cancelled due to COVID-19.) General comments and specific comments with respect to the extent to which the amendment is consistent with the goals established in 24 VSA §4302 may be submitted in writing to Clare Rock, Senior Planner at

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Orange County COVID-19 Recovery Forum: From Recovery to Renewal and Resilience

On July 21st from 6:30-8:30pm, the Local Solutions and Community Action Team established by Governor Phil Scott invites you to join a virtual COVID-19 recovery discussion to connect with others in Orange County to:

  • Share challenges and ideas for community response and recovery
  • Connect to others working to respond, recover, and build long-term resilience
  • Meet with a “visiting team” of state, federal, business, and non-profit leaders who will share recovery strategies from across the state and ideas for resources and support.


To Register Visit:



6:30pm – Opening Session

6:40pm – Breakouts

  • Supporting Orange County Businesses & Buying Local
  • Addressing Housing & Homelessness
  • Advancing Education & Childcare
  • Overcoming Isolation & Building Community Unity

8:10pm – Closing Session


All ARE WELCOME. Coming together to discuss recovery strategies and build ongoing resilience is vital and your voice is critical. Registration is required: Once you are registered, you will receive instructions to join via computer, mobile device, or phone.


For assistance with registration contact or 802-223-6091.


Recovery Visits  are hosted by the Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor’s Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force, in partnership with regional and local leaders, with facilitation from the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Award Winning Central Vermont Food Access Map Demonstrates the Importance of Community Design to Improving Health


Contact:           Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director



Montpelier, Vermont – June 22, 2020 – The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award for development of a Food Access Map for the Hunger Council of Washington County.  The SAG award is given annually to a limited number of ESRI’s GIS clients around the world to recognize outstanding work with Geography Systems Technology (GIS) technology in a field of over 100,000 organizations.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a framework using hardware, software, data, and people to gather, manage, analyze, and visualize data.  The resulting maps provide deeper insights into data and help users make informed decisions.


“Helping the Council visualize food access was a natural fit with the Commission’s GIS skills.  The map demonstrates that decisions related to community design can affect people’s health,” said Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission.


“Our goal with the mapping tool was to understand where “food deserts” were in our county and how various factors like bus routes, locations of jobs, and types of food available in various stores impacted the results”, said Eileen Pelletier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing and Community Development and Co-Chair of the Hunger Council of Washington County.  “With the interactive map tool, we can layer these variables in different groupings to help us strategize solutions.”


“Hunger Councils create opportunity for organizations and community leaders to bring their diverse perspectives to the table to address the issue of hunger in their communities.  The creative partnership that formed to develop this mapping tool is a prime example,” said Anore Horton, Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont.”


The Vermont Department of Health, Green Mountain United Way, Downstreet Housing & Community Development, Vermont 2-1-1, and Hunger Free Vermont were instrumental in guiding the map’s development.  The Retail Food Access Map and its important contribution to GIS will be showcased at the SAG Award Virtual Conference in July 2020, and at ESRI’s award landing page –  The map is available at


The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) assists its 23 member municipalities in Washington and Orange Counties to provide effective local government and to work cooperatively to address regional issues.  We leverage the power of people working together to build healthy communities in Central Vermont.  Learn more at


The Hunger Councils of Vermont are groups of local, regional, and statewide leaders who come together regularly to address issues related to hunger in their communities. These groups share information, collaborate on projects, and help raise public awareness of the causes of hunger and how we can work together to end it in Vermont. Hunger Councils are led by members of the community, and supported by Hunger Free Vermont.  There are ten Hunger Councils covering the entire state of Vermont and the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. The Hunger Council of Washington County was established in 2006.


Hunger Free Vermont is the statewide nonprofit organization that advocates and educates to bring a permanent end to hunger in Vermont through systemic change, universal strategies, and community collaboration.


ESRI is the global market leader in GIS (Geographic Informational Systems).  Its SAG Award recognizes organizations, like CVRPC, that use GIS to improve our world.  Visit for information.



Save the Date: June 29th Weatherization and Word of Mouth


Join us June 29th for an hour-long discussion with Waterbury LEAP and Capstone Community Action regarding home weatherization, success stories, and engagement in a time where we can’t just knock on our neighbors’ doors. We’ll take some time to learn about what Waterbury LEAP is up to; and what work Capstone Community Action has been doing, and there will be ample time for questions and general discussion! We hope to see you there. Please email Zachary Maia at for more information.

Farmers to Families Food Box Distributions


The Vermont Foodbank continues partnering with The Abbey Group, the State of Vermont, and the Vermont National Guard and to provide boxes of chicken, produce, dairy products, and non-perishable food at distributions held throughout the state. For the most up-to-date information visit:

Please note that the May 22nd Morristown site has been relocated from the airport to Lamoille Union

Vermonters Without COVID-19 Symptoms Can Get Tested at Pop-Up Sites

Eleven sites are currently scheduled to collect specimens from asymptomatic Vermonters, health care workers, first responders (EMS, fire, and law enforcement), child care providers currently serving essential workers, and people returning to Vermont – such as college students, people who winter out of state and second home owners. The sites are led by Health Department teams, with support from EMS units and members of the Vermont National Guard.
Make an appointment online for the site near you (all clinics operate from 9am to 3pm):
Washington County:
  • Tuesday, May 19: Barre Memorial Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill
Vermonters with symptoms – no matter how mild – should contact their health care provider to get referred to a nearby testing site.
People who do not have a health care provider can call 2-1-1 to be connected with a local community or hospital-connected clinic for referral to a test site.
For up-to-date information and guidance for staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19 go to: