CVRPC Planning and Zoning Roundtable: COVID over Coffee – Municipal Planning during COVID-19 – Friday, April 17th

Join us for a virtual Friday coffee-break!

Do you have questions about municipal planning during COVID-19? Were you planning on adopting your municipal plan this Spring? Are you worried about public engagement during a time without physical meetings?

We’ve got good news: CVRPC is holding a Planning and Zoning Roundtable on April 17th at 10:00am to discuss municipal planning during COVID-19. CVRPC will provide an update on Open Meeting Law changes, followed by a roundtable to allow for participants to discuss approaches to continuance of meetings, plan adoption and best practices for e-meetings during this turbulent time. 

We hope that you can attend this time for conversation and coordination in the region! Please RSVP to maia@cvregion.com so we know who we can expect. The meeting information can be found below:

Planning and Zoning Roundtable: COVID over Coffee

Fri, Apr 17, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/193151157

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code: 193-151-157

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/193151157

Plainfield Stormwater Mitigation

For Immediate Release – March 30, 2020

The Health Center, Plainfield Stormwater Mitigation

The Central Vermont Stormwater Master Plan for Barre Town, Barre City, and Plainfield was completed in 2018 and identified The Health Center in Plainfield as a priority. Before The Health Center was constructed, there was evidence of a gully which has since gotten deeper, wider, and longer. It sits between the existing stormwater pond and the Winooski River floodplain. The gully developed from a combination of stormwater runoff from Routes 214, Route 2 and other impervious surfaces in the neighborhood.  Despite the installation of a stormwater pond at the Health Center to treat impervious surfaces on that property, stormwater from the roads could still enter the gully area exacerbating the problem.  The Health Center received a conceptual design as part of the stormwater master planning process, and in February 2020, Milone and MacBroom, Inc. completed a final design for the site through an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The final design proposed by Milone and MacBroom, Inc. includes re-grading a stormwater settling area below the existing detention pond, and adding a stone rip-rap filtering berm. Due to site constraints, Milone and MacBroom, Inc. decided to prioritize detention using the existing stormwater pond and use the settling area to slow the volume of stormwater entering the gully.  A stone rip-rap filtering berm will prevent the existing stormwater pipes from becoming backwatered. Gully stabilization has also been proposed and would utilize placement of on-site wood and other bio-engineering features to stabilize areas that are currently unstable, while maintaining those that have already stabilized. Native plantings are included in the design and would replace the invasive species already present in the gully.

Site constraints were important to consider for the final design creation, but also were important to consider for construction and operation and maintenance of the treatment. The landowner has granted access to the gully for construction and future maintenance. This access is located off of Route 2 and will minimize any disruption to the operations of The Health Center, avoid further landscaping costs, and prevent the removal of any trees for the purpose of access. It is important to recognize the collaboration and commitment between the Town, the Health Center, and the adjacent landowner, as their teamwork will result in the best outcome for water quality in the region.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues.  The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

For more information on the project, please visit www.centralvtplanning.org or contact:

Pam DeAndrea, Senior GIS Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

deandrea@cvregion.com

Phone: (802) 229-0389

Save The Date – EMD Roundtable set for February 25th

Emergency Management Directors Roundtable

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: Steele Community Room (Waterbury Municipal Center), 28 North Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05676.

Emily Harris, the VEM Northeastern Regional Coordinator, will be facilitating the roundtable. The agenda for the 2hr roundtable is:

  • Local coordination discussion: what are available town resources and what are the coordination plans for towns in events/disasters?
  • Training opportunities: discuss upcoming trainings in the region and identify training needs
  • Upcoming EMD concerns:  spring flooding, etc.
  • Discuss potential topics for the next roundtable.

 

Please feel free to call Grace Vinson @ 802-229-0389 if you have specific topics related to the agenda items you’d like to address at the roundtable.  

CVRPC Bids Farewell

Staff and Board members bid farewell this week to Dan Currier who will be moving on to the Agency of Transportation as a Public Transit Coordinator. While we are excited about this new opportunity for Dan we are indeed sad to see him go. Dan has been a constant presence at CVRPC through times of change and stands as a model for his colleagues and the communities he works with. Please see the Resolution  recognizing Dan’s outstanding service, adopted at the Board meeting on January 14th.
We wish Dan all the best, and look forward to working with him in his new role.

Tier II Compliance Assistance Workshops on Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and Clean Air Act

The Vermont State Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites you to free half day compliance assistance workshop on Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and Clean Air Act, Section 112(r) Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements. The workshops are designed for environmental compliance managers and owners and will cover the redesigned Tier 2 Submit 2019 software, threshold determinations, exemptions, and other commonly asked questions. For compliance with EPCRA and RMP, there are various planning and reporting requirements for businesses and industries that store and/or use certain chemicals/substances/materials.

 

Tuesday, January 28th, Barre Municipal Auditorium Alumni Hall, Main Room, 2nd floor, 20 Auditorium Hill, Barre 05641 – Note: When using a GPS – older models will refer to “Seminary Hill” which is now “Auditorium” Hill. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vt-epcra-tier-ii-training-in-barre-tickets-86687609975

 

Wednesday, January 29th, Brattleboro – Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vt-epcra-tier-ii-training-in-brattleboro-vt-tickets-82221561905

 

Resources:

Tier2 Submit 2019 Software, now available to download:

https://www.epa.gov/epcra/tier2-submit-software.

 

Find out about your EPCRA Tier 2 reporting procedures and requirements for your state:

https://www.epa.gov/epcra/state-tier-ii-reporting-requirements-and-procedures.

 

We hope that you will be able to join us for one of the in-person workshops!

All upcoming EPA EPCRA workshops will be posted on our website: https://www.epa.gov/epcra/emergency-planning-and-community-right-know-act-epcra-workshops-new-england

CVRPC TO ASSIST STATE TACTICAL BASIN PLANNING

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is pleased to announce expanded outreach and services to municipalities and the public to improve tactical basin planning efforts for the Ompompanoosuc-Stevens-Wells-Waits-Connecticut River Direct Tributaries (Basin 14) and overall water quality efforts. The work is provided through a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Activities began this fall and will extend through September 2020.

The Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) for Basin 14 is currently being updated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). CVRPC staff will assist the DEC by facilitating enhanced municipal and public input during the drafting process so that the TBP accurately reflects local concerns and priorities. Basin Plans help provide the umbrella for other various planning initiatives, including Stormwater Master Planning and River Corridor Planning, and ultimately provide a vehicle to strategically address regional water quality priorities. A formal draft of the TBP is anticipated to be released in July 2020. Tactical Basin Plans help identify and focus efforts needed to protect or restore specific watersheds through the state.

In addition, the CVRPC will also work with its member municipalities to encourage a variety of efforts to improve water quality. These efforts could include suggested improvements to zoning bylaws (such as river corridor bylaw considerations), assistance with securing funding for project development and implementation or helping towns comply with the upcoming Draft General Permit 3-9050, aka the “3-acre” developed lands permit.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues. The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs. For more information on CVRPC, please visit www.centralvtplanning.org.

For detailed information on Basin 14, please visit: https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/watershed-planning/tactical-basin-planning/basin14

Pouliot Avenue Stormwater Mitigation Project Complete

PRESS RELEASE – December 4, 2019

CONTACTS – Pamela DeAndrea, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission deandrea@cvregion.com, (802) 223-0389

Steve MacKenzie City Manager, Barre City manager@barrecity.org, (802) 476-0241

 

Barre City has completed a stormwater mitigation project to stabilize a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The project, originally identified through a stormwater assessment by Friends of the Winooski River and Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, was funded by a Clean Water Block Grant, through the Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by Barre City. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with Barre City, Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, Civil Engineering Associates, and Avery Excavation, Inc. completed this stormwater mitigation project in early October, 2019. The project involved stabilization of a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The severe erosion which occurred over time and caused this gully to develop was a significant source of sediment and phosphorus to the Stevens Branch and eventually Lake Champlain. The erosion was caused by stormwater runoff from both the outlet of Pouliot Avenue in Barre City and the surrounding hillside in Barre Town. The implementation of this project entailed removing debris accumulated within the gully. The gully was stabilized with stone gabions (blocks of wire baskets filled with stone), vegetated side slopes, retrofitted culvert, and stone stabilization around the culvert. Please contact Pamela DeAndrea or Steve MacKenzie with any questions. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues. The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

Join our Zoning Administrators Roundtable

Zoning Administrators Roundtable

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

12.03.19  9:00 to 11:00 am

Location:  CVRPC Offices, 29 Main Street, Suite 4

Refreshments will be provided

RSVP’s appreciated, email chartrand@cvregion.com

 

Agenda

 

9:00 am        Welcome and Introductions

 

9:20 am         ZA Best Practices, Statutory Updates and Ideas for Administration

Presentation designed to spark discussion covering a variety of topics including:

customer service + public education

achieve requirements + maintaining permit records

covering your costs + changes to filing fees

signs + new allowances

approaches to emerging issues (tiny homes, short term rentals…)

managing zoning changes + incremental changes

 

10:30 am      General Roundtable Discussion

Opportunity to ask questions and share ideas on any zoning administration topic

 

 

 

 

Persons with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to participate in

programs or activities are encouraged to contact Nancy Chartrand at 802-229-0389 or

chartrand@cvregion.com at least 3 business days prior to the meeting

for which services are requested .

Vulnerability Public Meetings-Stevens Branch Watershed

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been working in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the municipalities of Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Northfield, Orange, Plainfield, Washington and Williamstown to inventory bridges, culverts, and road embankments in the Steven’s Branch watershed that are vulnerable to damage from flood inundation, erosion, and deposition.

We are now ready to present the vulnerability data to these municipalities. Two separate public meetings will be held on November 19th. 1) 1:00 pm @ Barre City Alumni Hall – 3rd floor (20 Auditorium Hill – Barre). 2) 5:30 pm @ Orange Town Hall (392 US Route 302 – Orange).

We hope you can join us.