Waitsfield Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – Seeking Public Comment


Download the Waitsfield Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015

The Town of Waitsfield is working to create a plan for reducing the impacts of disasters in the community.  With the assistance of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, officials and responders have drafted a Hazard Mitigation Plan to be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Area residents are invited to provide feedback on the plan by contacting Gail Aloisio, CVRPC Planner at aloisio@cvregion.com or 802-229-0389.  The public may also provide comment at the June 15th Waitsfield Selectboard Meeting, scheduled for 7 pm.

Waitsfield’s Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies several strategies and projects for the community to pursue over the next five years.  These include managing rainwater run off throughout the Mad River Valley to reduce the likelihood of flood damage, and determining the causes of flooding and erosion in and upstream of Waitsfield Village.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is a measure that municipalities can take to reduce local costs for infrastructure repair after a disaster.  By completing a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Town will meet requirements to be granted a lower local contribution rate when using Federal disaster assistance funds.  Hazard Mitigation Planning allows communities to identify projects that reduce the impacts and costs of disasters to property by moving it out of harm’s way, improving infrastructure, or educating property owners.