2018 CCRPC/ECOS Plan Now Available For Public Review

Source: Press Release via VT Digger.

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) have released the first draft of the 2018 Chittenden County ECOS Plan for a 30-day public comment period concluding with a public hearing on February 21, 2018.

The ECOS Plan combines the Regional Plan, Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Chittenden County. The full draft Plan, including six supplements, can be reviewed at: http://www.ecosproject.com/2018-ecos-plan.

Purpose of this 2018 ECOS Plan Update: CCRPC is responsible for long-term planning for our region. In 2013, we adopted the ECOS Plan – after a lot of dedicated work from more than 60 organizations including our member municipalities. The 2018 draft plan includes major updates to the energy, transportation, and economy sections, as well as minor updates including: strengthening and moving the implementation program to the front of the document, a reorganization of content, minor adjustments to the Planning Areas, an updated introduction to the health strategy, and inclusion of forest integrity. The energy update includes energy conservation, renewable energy generation and siting to meet the State’s future energy goals and to address the enhanced energy requirements of Act 174. The economy update was done in collaboration with GBIC and includes data, key issue and implementation updates to the CEDS. The transportation update includes an analysis of future needs and identification of projects and strategies to make our transportation system work as well as it can for all users given limited funding. The update includes investments and strategies to preserve our existing system and make improvements for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and freight movement.

A public hearing will be held on February 21, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Main Conference Room at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, VT 05404). Comments can also be submitted via email through February 21 (info@ccrpcvt.org) and online at http://www.ecosproject.com/2018-ecos-plan.

The CCRPC provides planning and technical assistance in the areas of community development, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, stormwater, housing, economic development, and emergency management to the 19 municipalities of Chittenden County and the public. The collaboration between the CCRPC, Chittenden County municipalities and other related resource agencies results in the development and implementation of plans that support sustainable development and improve the region’s environment and quality of life. For more information about the CCRPC, please visit https://www.ccrpcvt.org.

In accordance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the CCRPC will ensure public meeting sites are accessible to all people. Requests for free interpretive or translation services, assistive devices, or other requested accommodations, should be made to Emma Vaughn, CCRPC Title VI Coordinator, at 802-861-0114 or evaughn@ccrpcvt.org, at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.

2018 ECOS Plan