Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Emergency Shelter Generators

Grants are available for the purchase of emergency shelter generators through VEM. See the following information.

Applications and other forms for this year’s Emergency Shelter Generator Grant program are now on the VEM web site at http://www.dps.state.vt.us/vem/generator2009/index.html. Or you can go to www.vemvt.com and click on the link on the top right of the page.
Questions should be referred to Karen Smith at 800-347-0488 or smithk@dps.state.vt.us.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Regional Food Discussion

"Building Resilience and Recovery through Regional Foods" on Transition Vermont

Time: January 7, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Chapel, Montpelier, upstairs from the Wood Art Gallery
Organized By: Annie McCleary

Event Description:
Ken Meter will discuss how local food networks thrive, how local officials can help strengthen economies, and how regionally-grown food can help reduce public health costs. His recent study of the Minnesota food economy, "Mapping the Minnesota Food Industry," found that community-based food businesses build a more resilient future by forming strong relationships of trust. These community connections allow firms to focus on the triple bottom line. Ken consults with food initiatives in 45 regions in 20 states, and also manages the national review panels for USDA's Community Food Projects grants.

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States. His work integrates market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Meter has 39 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building.

See more details and RSVP on Transition Vermont:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chapter 117 2011 Amendments - Workshop


The 2011 Provisions of Chapter 117: What Do They Mean to Your Town?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
5:30 -7:00 PM
(A light meal will be provided.)
CVRPC Offices, 29 Main Street Montpelier, VT

Did you know that the 2004 legislative amendments to the Vermont Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act (aka Chapter 117) contained many provisions that do not take effect until 2011? Do you know what they are and how to respond to them? Do you know which are mandatory and which are optional? If not, please join us for a workshop to explore this important topic. CVRPC staff will present a power point presentation covering:

• An overview of Chapter 117
• The intent of the 2004 changes (Act 115)
• A review of those sections of law that took effect in 2005
• A detailed look at the 2011 provisions

We will also have time for questions, discussion, and sharing local experiences regarding responding to the law’s various mandates and enabling clauses. This workshop is geared for town officials, review boards, zoning administrators and anyone interested in how Vermont’s planning statute works. (Note: Zoning Administrators should be aware that this will be a similar, albeit more “leisurely,” presentation to the one given at the ZA Roundtable meeting in June 2009.)

There is no fee for this workshop; however, pre-registration is requested as space is limited to approximately 20 people. Please contact Chris Walsh at 229-0389 or walsh@cvregion.com for more information or to reserve a spot. CVRPC’s offices are located adjacent to Montpelier City Hall on the second floor of the Rite–Aid Pharmacy building.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Municipal Education Grants

Here are some topics and presenters that have done workshops funded with MEG (Municipal Education Funds). These funds are available until May 2010 from the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. For more information on the grant funds and application process, go to www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MEG.htm.

DRB Review Process: How to Proceed with Challenging Applications,
Presenter: VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

The development review process is an often tricky affair. Discussed will be what tools are required for finding evidence, how to best conduct site visits, how and who to call when needing an expert, best methods for successful deliberations, administrative review, and the importance of clear application requirements.

Land Use Procedure Q & A,
Presenter: Steve Stitzel, Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C.

Renowned land use attorney Steve Stitzel will discuss common pitfalls in the review process, discuss the pros and cons of different procedural approaches (eg: public vs. private deliberations), and review current changes in the land use field (e.g: recent Jam Golf Supreme Court decision.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

EECBG Stimulus funds for Municipalities

These frequently asked questions are very helpful in refining the application requirements.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions on the EECBG RFP is now posted on the VT Department of Public Service's website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/ee_cleanenergyfund.html.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Municipal Grants for ARRA/Energy Funds

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)
> Competitive Local Government Sub-Grants

> The Clean Energy Development Fund is seeking proposals from eligible
> units of local government for projects that implement energy
> efficiency measures in buildings and transportation, install energy
> efficient traffic signals and street lighting; provide energy
> efficiency financial incentive programs, or install renewable energy
> generation systems. Eligible "units of local government" include
> cities, towns, town school districts, incorporated schools, and
> incorporated villages.

Units of local government that were eligible
> for direct Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
> (EECBG)funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (Town of Bennington, Town
> of Brattleboro, Burlington, Town of Colchester, Town of Essex, Village
> of Essex Junction, Town of Hartford, Town of Milton, Rutland, South
> Burlington, Addison County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County,
> Franklin County, Orange County, Orleans County, Rutland County,
> Washington County, Windham County, and Windsor County) are not
> eligible. Regional Planning Commissions are > also not eligible as they are already receiving direct EECBG funds. Towns,> Villages, and schools within these towns/cities/counties are eligible.
> Applicants may submit proposals for projects in the following
> categories:

> Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Financial Incentive Programs for Energy
> Efficiency, Implementation of Transportation Projects, Renewable
> Energy Technologies on Government Buildings, and Traffic Signals and
> Street Lighting. An applicant may submit more than one proposal, but
> must submit a separate proposal for each category. Regardless of the
> number of projects submitted, the maximum amount of funds to any
> eligible entity is $100,000.

> All projects must be based in Vermont. All electric-generation
> projects must be grid-connected. Funds cannot be used for projects
> that have already begun construction and/or equipment purchases have
> been made.
> There is a maximum award of $50,000 for Energy Efficiency Retrofits,
> $250,000 for Financial Incentive Programs for Energy Efficiency,
> $25,000 for Implementation of Transportation Projects, $75,000 for
> Renewable Energy Technologies on Government Buildings, and $50,000 for
> Traffic Signals and Street Lighting. The minimum amount that an
> applicant can apply for is $10,000 (for each project category).
> A total of $4.8 million in funding will be awarded. All projects must
> include a minimum of a 10% match from applicants (which can be cash or
> in-kind). Match greater than the required amounts is encouraged, and
> preference may be given to projects requesting lower funding amounts
> than comparable projects.
> All grant awards will be funded using American Recovery and
> Reinvestment Act (ARRA) monies and therefore applicants will be subjected to
> unprecedented levels of transparency and reporting requirements
> including, but not limitedto: reporting, tracking and segregation of incurred costs; job creation and preservation reporting; access to records; and ensuring
> wage rates.
> The Request for Proposals contains the necessary information
> for eligible applicants to submit a proposal.
> There will be two steps to the application process. First, an Initial
> Application will be due by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
> Information on what should be included in the Initial Application is
> included in each project category description on pages 4-9 of the RFP,
> as well as the form included in Appendix A. The Initial Applications
> will be reviewed and scored and a select number of applicants will be
> invited to submit Comprehensive Applications, which will be due by 4:00
> P.M. on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Applicants will be notified if
> they have been selected to submit a Comprehensive Application before
> the end of December. > Information on what should be included in the Comprehensive > Application is included in each project category description, as well > as on pages> 9-15 of> the RFP. Being invited to submit a Comprehensive Application does not insure that an applicant's project will be funded. The intent will be to select slightly more applications than can be funded (probably
> $5-$5.5 million in proposals and $4.8 million can be funded).
> Applicants mailing proposals should allow adequate time to ensure
> receipt of their proposal(s) by the deadline. Proposals received
> after the deadline will not be considered. One original, signed hard
> copy, five additional copies, and an electronic copy (which can be
> emailed or submitted on a CD) of the application must be delivered to
> Kelly Launder at the Vermont Department of Public Service. Both
> electronic and hard copies must arrive before the deadline. Proposals
> and questions should be addressed to:
> Kelly Launder
> Vermont Department of Public Service
> 112 State Street
> Montpelier, VT 05620-2601
> Phone: (802) 828-4039
> Email: kelly.launder@state.vt.us

Friday, November 13, 2009

Recreation Trail Grants

Governor Announces $500,000 Available for Recreation Trails
Grant program expands outdoor opportunities for Vermonters

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced $500,000 in funding will be available for the 2010 Recreation Trails Program. Vermont’s Recreational Trails Program is a matching grant program of the federal Highway Administration for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails, and trail-related facilities, for non-motorized, motorized, multiple-use or compatible recreational trail use.

"These grants provide opportunities for Vermonters to spend more time outdoors on our trails and they encourage outdoor activity and healthy living,” said Governor Douglas. “By improving access to public lands and waters, these grants also support both local tourism and recreation businesses.”

The deadline for grant applications to the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is January 15, 2010. All applications are reviewed and ranked by a five-member citizens’ committee based on established criteria.

Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded for trail project work that will result in helping to achieve desired outcomes identified in local, regional, and state plans including established goals for recreation, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, economy, education, and health. A 20 percent sponsor-match is required for all projects, except for mini-grants, which require no local match.

Mini-grants up to $500 are available to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, community or civic groups, and educational institutions and are intended specifically for small-scale trail projects to enhance or sustain community trails. Funds can be used to purchase trail tools, safety equipment, professional trail training and trail-related educational materials for the public, trail markers and signage. Projects should pose no historical or environmental impact, and must include a community service or youth involvement element.

Grants may be used for trail restoration, construction or reconstruction of multi-use trails, trail linkages, trailside amenities, trailhead facilities, bridges, railings, ramps, retaining structures, accessible features which facilitate access to and use of trails by persons with physical challenges, trail maps, trail-related educational materials to promote safe, responsible use, and environmental protection; fee simple title to property or easement acquisition of recreation trails or trail corridors; and purchase of hand-tools for trail work.

Grant applications are available online at www.vtfpr.org/recgrant/trgrant.cfm. The Department of Forests, Park and Recreation will hold a free grant-writing workshop on Wednesday, December 9, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph. All those interested in applying for funds should attend and will receive five bonus points on their application.

For more information contact Sherry Winnie, program administrator at 802-241-3690, or by e-mail: sherry.winnie@state.vt.us

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Municipal Education Grants FY 2010

Applications for the FY10 MEGs may be submitted any time before May 15, 2010. Details about the program and application forms are available here: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MEG.htm. This has just been announced by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs on November 3, 2009! This is a great source of funds for excellent workshops to be held in your community. Let CVRPC know if you need assistance.

Friday, October 30, 2009

VT Community Energy and Climate Action Conference

The University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) invite you to attend the second annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference. The conference will take place at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee Vermont on Saturday, December 5th from 8:00-4:00. Conference registration is now open! For complete information and to register on-line, go to: http://www.regonline.com/VTEnergy.

Building on a very successful first conference last year (over 220 attendees), this conference is for those interested in how Vermont communities can take action to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy for municipal government, businesses, and residents. The conference is geared toward town energy committee members, selectboard and city council members, conservation commissioners, professional and citizen planners, town public works staff, environmental business professionals, state government officials, academics, and concerned citizens.

The day will include concurrent workshop presentations, regional break-out meetings, and general sessions. The goal for the day is to provide strategies communities can implement to reduce energy costs and reduce the damaging greenhouse gasses released into the environment. Participants will gain an increased understanding of a wide range of local opportunities for tackling energy and climate change at the local level, while also having an opportunity to network with other Vermont communities.

The opening address will be delivered by Patrick Parenteau, Professor of Law and Senior Counsel, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic at the Vermont Law School and the afternoon keynote will be delivered by Senator Bernie Sanders (invited) who will discuss progress on the climate change bill currently making its way through Congress.

Workshop topics include:

- Community Wind: Has Its Time Come for Vermont?
- Bio-Energy: Behind Every Good Community Project is Good Resource Planning
- Local Energy Projects in Vermont: A Smorgasbord of Opportunities
- Locating the Money and Resources Needed to Move Energy Projects Forward
- Community-Based Energy Efficiency Teams
- Building Resilient Energy Committees and Cultivating Partners
- Communities Go Solar!
- Local Energy Planning: A Powerful Climate Action Tool
- Transportation and Energy Link: Tools and Approaches to Promoting Alternative - Transportation in Your Community
- Improving Efficiency in Municipal and School Facilities and Operations
- Beyond Local: State, National and International Efforts to Tackle Climate Change
- Amplifying Your Message and Leveraging New Media and Social Marketing Opportunities

Friday, October 23, 2009

Central Vermont Housing Menu now online

The Central Vermont Housing Menu is a housing-related planning and zoning tool kit for local communities. The publication includes definitions of a variety of housing strategies, how the strategies can be applied in Vermont, the benefits or outcomes of implementing the strategies, suggestions or companion strategies and examples of where they have been implemented in Vermont. To check it out visit the "Publications" web page and scroll down to the 'Housing' section or simply copy and paste the following address into your web browser http://www.centralvtplanning.org/PDF%20copy%20housing%20menu%20july%2009.pdf

We are interested to hear what you think about the publication, please send comments to clarerock@cvregion.com.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Introducing CVRPC


CVRPC is a regional planning organization working with and for twenty-three municipalities in Central Vermont, including all the towns in Washington County and three towns in Orange County; Orange, Washington, and Williamstown. Our mission is to assist member municipalities in providing effective local government and to work cooperatively with them to address regional issues. We also work with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the general public.

Formed in 1967, CVRPC is one of Vermont's eleven regional commissions. Local representatives to the Commission are appointed by the legislative bodies of each municipality. The Commission meets monthly with topics covering a broad range of Central Vermont concerns: regional land use issues, local growth center identification and evaluation, economic development, natural resource issues, public/private sector cooperation, and review of Act 250 projects. CVRPC is uniquely positioned to coordinate and guide activities between state and local governments.

Additional information about CVRPC’s services, as well as the Central Vermont Regional Plan, can be found on our web site at www.centralvtplanning.org.


Technical Assistance

CVRPC provides direct hands-on help to local officials on a range of activities:

development and review of municipal plans, zoning bylaws, subdivision regulations,
impact fee ordinances, capital budget plans, and other local planning tools;
regional data collection, analysis and interpretation through our roles as a GIS Service Center and a U.S. Census Data Center;
professional assistance and opinions on local ordinances and bylaw administration;
obtaining and administering grant funds for community development, housing, economic development, capital improvements, recreation, conservation, and infrastructure improvements.

GIS Service Center

CVRPC is designated as an official Geographic Information System (GIS) Service Center. We provide a variety of maps to municipalities, and develop and maintain computerized regional databases that are compatible with GIS data standards. . Hundreds of data sets are now included on the system. This information helps select boards, planning commissioners, listers, and other municipal officials to better fulfill their duties and responsibilities.

Regional Planning

CVRPC's comprehensive Regional Plan is used to guide growth and development in the Region. The Plan is useful to local communities as a resource in the preparation of local plans, and is also used in the Act 250 review process to evaluate major land use developments and subdivisions.

Transportation Planning

CVRPC is also an active player in Vermont=s Transportation Planning Initiative (TPI). This program is designed to include all segments of the public in planning improvements to the transportation system. It expands local decision making and planning of transportation priorities, projects, and long range plans. CVRPC has an active Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) to address transportation issues in Central Vermont.

Intergovernmental Planning and Coordination

One of CVRPC's primary functions is to help communities work together to solve problems. Our work with union municipal districts exemplifies this mission.

Taking advantage of a provision in Vermont Statutes which allows municipalities to pool their resources to serve their common needs, CVRPC helped facilitate the formation of the Mad River Valley Planning District (Fayston, Waitsfield, and Warren) and the Wrightsville Beach Recreation District (Montpelier, East Montpelier, Worcester, and Middlesex) over a decade ago, and more recently, the Mad River Resource Management Alliance. We have been providing technical and administrative support to these organizations ever since, thereby ensuring that they continue to provide the benefits for which they were created.

In addition, CVRPC serves State agencies and the Executive branch of government. We often sponsor various public forums on behalf of State agencies, and serve as a conduit for the exchange of information and technical support to our member municipalities. For additional information, please visit our web site at www.centralvtplanning.org. You will find links to Central Vermont municipalities that have web sites, as well as links to other planning resources.

Central VT Regional Planning Commission, 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier VT 05602
Phone: (802) 229-0389 FAX (802) 223-1977; cvrpc@cvregion.com

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Vermont Floodplain Management publication

There is a new publication available titled “Preparing for the Next Flood; Vermont Floodplain Management.” It was developed with the assistance of the Vermont Law School’s Land Use Institute, and includes information on roles and responsibilities in preventing flood damage, state and local roles in floodplain management, information on what a flood plain map is and is not, protecting property and what is a taking, and why meeting the minimum flood plain standards may not be enough. These booklets are available at CVRPC’s office and staff will bring them to meetings to deliver. If you are in Montpelier, please stop by.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Energy Efficiency Funds for Vermont

It’s time to keep an eye on the VT Dept of Public Service web site for the application announcement. Periodically it will be good to check in at this link, http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/ee_cedf.html. We will continue to keep you informed as soon as we hear anything about application packages and deadlines, etc. Be sure to check our blog at www.centralvtplanning.org for the latest news.

VERMONT - $9,593,500 awarded today
Vermont will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to undertake projects that enhance energy efficiency and expand the use of renewable energy at the state and local level. In addition to grants to smaller cities and counties, a portion of the sub-grant funds will also be awarded to 11 regional planning commissions for county-level energy efficiency related projects, including energy audits, efficiency installations, and energy planning.

Vermont will use the remaining Recovery Act funding to establish the Clean Energy Development Fund, a financial incentive program that will allow the state to maximize the impact and sustainability of clean energy projects by leveraging Recovery Act funds. The program will provide incentives for the installation of renewable energy technologies on government buildings, energy efficiency retrofits for schools and municipal buildings, energy audits for school buildings, and the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, which supports the reduction of petroleum use in the transportation sector. Vermont's EECBG activities will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create and save green jobs statewide.

Monday, September 21, 2009

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

Vermont Emergency Management will be hosting the second annual Emergency Preparedness Conference to be held in Killington on Tuesday November 3, 2009.

Course offerings range from flu planning and preparedness to municipal damage reporting to hearing about the numerous resources available in emergency response.

Registration is now open at www.vemvt.com.

Flu Update 09.15.09

A message from the Vermont Department of Health

Like a snowstorm, we can't stop the flu from coming – either the regular, seasonal flu or the new pandemic flu. It's more important than ever that Vermonters know the precautions and the actions they can take to prepare now.

The new pandemic flu – novel influenza A (H1N1), sometimes called swine flu – has not gone away. This virus is the predominant flu virus in circulation in the U.S. and worldwide. The Vermont Department of Health and many partners in state government and the private sector have been working intensively this summer to prepare for the coming flu season, which is certain to be complex.

'Know what to do about the Flu' Forums will be held during September, Emergency Preparedness Month, and beyond to brief local leaders and residents about preparations now underway. The forums are sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Emergency Management. State officials and public health experts will be on hand to discuss preparations the state is making – including plans for offering H1N1 vaccine to those groups of people most at risk for serious illness – as well as the actions communities and individuals can take to cope with the flu.

Sept. 22 - Burlington Hilton
Sept. 29 - Rutland Holiday Inn
Sept. 30 - Springfield High School
Oct. 1 - Lyndon Institute

All forums will be run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

'Know what to do about the Flu' PSAs will begin soon on TV, radio and in print. With the help of Montpelier resident Willem Lange, Vermonters will be reminded to get vaccinated, take actions to help keep illness from spreading, stay home if you're sick, and if you need medical attention, call your health care provider first. And meanwhile, stock up to stay home – in case you or someone in your family is too sick to go out.

Newest Flu Action Guides - New and detailed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is now available for a variety of sectors, starting with schools. Each set of guides is offered with a helpful communication toolkit that includes sample letters, action steps, fact sheets, etc.

Go to www.flu.gov to find these, along with webcasts, videos, Qs&As, eCards, PSAs and more. Also check the Health Department's website at healthvermont.gov for Vermont-specific information and resources, with links to flu.gov – or dial 2-1-1. Also follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/healthvermont.

Newest guidance –
Small businesses - http://flu.gov/professional/business/smallbiz.html
Businesses, employers and workplaces - http://www.flu.gov/professional/business/toolkit.html
Institutions of Higher Education (technical schools, colleges & universities) - http://flu.gov/professional/school/higheredtoolkit.html
Schools K-12 - http://flu.gov/professional/school/toolkit.html
Childcare and Early Childhood - http://flu.gov/professional/school/childtoolkit.html

Flu Vaccination - Vaccine for the regular seasonal flu is starting to come into the state, and nearly everyone is recommended to get that vaccination as early as possible. Ask your health care provider about vaccine, or go to healthvermont.gov to find a public flu clinic: http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/flu/flu_clinics.aspx.

Vaccine for the new H1N1 flu is also expected to start coming into the state by mid-October, and planning is underway to offer this new vaccine in a variety of settings, including schools. Stay tuned for details. The new H1N1 vaccine is recommended to go first to those groups of people who could be most seriously affected if they became ill:

pregnant women
household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
all people from 6 months through 24 years of age
people age 25 through 64 who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza

For more information - Check healthvermont.gov, flu.gov – or dial 2-1-1 (for information or help in English or in any language).

Nancy Erickson
Communication Director
VT Department of Health

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Energy Money/ARRA Vermont

Energy Stimulus Update – August 31, 2009


Vermont will receive approximately $16.8 million over a 3 year period. Funding will go to program activities including weatherization job training and grants to Community Action Program agencies to deliver weatherization services in the community. For more information about the Weatherization program, see information from the Office of Economic Opportunity.

State Energy Program (SEP)
Vermont is to receive $21,999,000 in ARRA funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency under the State Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. These funds will expand the size and scope of the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). State program development and implementation is now underway in the following areas.

Renewable Energy Grant and Loan Programs
ARRA SEP funding will create additional grant and loan funding opportunities for small- and large-scale renewable energy projects through the Clean Energy Development Fund. Funding opportunity announcements for grants and loan programs administered directly by the Fund will be posted through the Fund's site. Other supported renewable energy activites include:
• The Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program, which provides incentive payments for grid connected and net metered solar photovoltaic and wind systems, solar hot water systems, and small-scale hydropower systems.
• Planned support for loans from independent lenders for small-scale renewable energy projects.
• A Wind Mapping and Anemometry Loan Program. Requests for proposals are expected to be issued in Sept. 2009.

Public Serving Institutions Efficiency & Renewables
The CEDF will offer a competitive program for public-serving institutions (government buildings, nonprofit public and private universities, colleges, and hospitals) to implement energy efficiency measures and renewable generation. $2,000,000 in funding will be available through this program. A request for funding proposals is currently expected to be released in September 2009.

Vermont Telecommunications Authority
$2,000,000 in funding has been appropriated to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) to make grants for the installation of small-scale wind turbines and associated towers on which telecommunications equipment is to be collocated and which are developed in association with the VTA, up to $10,000 per turbine.

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
$2,000,000 in funding has been appropriated to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) to make grants and deferred loans to nonprofit organizations for weatherization and renewable energy activities, including assistance for nonprofit owners and occupants of permanently affordable housing. Applications for funding under this program will be made through VHCB.

Residential Building Energy Standards
SEP funding will support work to update Vermont's Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES).

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)

This formula grant program allocated Vermont approximately $10,300,000 in block grant funding for a variety of efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Approximately $9.8 million will come through the state and the rest directly to Vermont cities and towns. Of this $9.8 million, 40% ($3.9 million) is allocated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the State Energy Program and 60% ($5.7 million) is allocated to cities and towns not receiving a direct allocation from DOE. The Department of Public Service has submitted an application to the DOE on behalf of the state for the funds coming to the state, and an award is expected during or before the fall of 2009.

Additional EECBG Funding Opportunities for Vermont Cities, Towns, and Regional Planning Commissions

A competitive request for proposals from Vermont municipalities which did not receive EECBG funding to the Clean Energy Development Board is currently expected in September 2009. Available funding will be approximately $4.88 million. $880,000 in funding for Vermont's eleven regional planning commissions has also been allocated.

All Fuels and Thermal Efficiency Programs
Approximately $2.3 million in EECBG funding will be provided to local Community Action Program agencies to expand access to thermal efficiency services for Vermonters not eligible for services under the Weatherization program funding. See your local Weatherization Office for eligibility information.

Renewable Energy Programs
Additional EECBG funding not distributed to municipalities will be used to fund additional opportunities for renewable energy projects through the Clean Energy Development Fund programs.

Background Materials--Other ARRA Energy Programs

Energy Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5), Congressional Research Service, March 3, 2009. (PDF)

Other Links: U.S. Department of Energy ARRA Funding Opportunity Announcements.
Non-ARRA Energy Efficiency and Renewables Program

If you need information on existing loan and grant programs for new energy generation, please visit the Vermont Department of Public Service's Energy Efficiency and Renewables website.

If you are a consumer and seek information regarding home or business efficiency programs, please contact Efficiency Vermont at 802-860-4095, or call toll-free 1-888-921-5990, or visit their website at www.efficiencyvermont.com.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plans and Congratulations!

SIXTEEN Central Vermont communities have had their pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) plans approved by FEMA! Those 16 towns are: Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Cabot, Calais, Duxbury, Marshfield, Middlesex, Montpelier, Moretown, Northfield, Orange, Plainfield, Waitsfield, Woodbury, and Worcester. PDM plans for Fayston, Warren, and Williamstown are awaiting FEMA's approval. That only leaves 4 more to go!! Congratulations to you all for following through on this planning work. The communities with approved plans are thereby eligible for disaster migitation implementation grants to resize culverts or do other work to avoid flooding. Great work, people!!

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy-ARRA $

U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
DOE to Fund up to $454 Million for Retrofit Ramp-Ups in Energy Efficiency
September 14, 2009
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced a new $450 million program designed to catalyze a nationwide energy upgrade that experts estimate could save $100 million annually in utility bills for households and businesses. The Recovery Act's "Retrofit Ramp-Up" program will pioneer innovative models for rolling out energy efficiency to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in a variety of communities. Much like past roll-outs for cable TV or the Internet, the Department of Energy (DOE) intends to create models that, when undertaken nationally, will save consumers billions of dollars on their utility bills and make the huge savings of energy efficiency available to everyone.

"Energy efficiency isn't just low-hanging fruit; it's fruit lying on the ground. We have the tools to reduce energy use at home and at work and to provide huge savings to families and businesses on their energy bills. But use of these technologies has been far too limited because we lack the simple and effective ways for people to access them," said Chu.

"The 'Retrofit Ramp-Up' program will support large-scale models that can open new energy efficiency opportunities to whole neighborhoods, towns, and, eventually, entire states," continued Chu. "The Recovery Act will allow innovative communities to demonstrate a variety of sustainable business models that can be replicated across the country."

The Request for Information (RFI) being issued today is for competitively selected local energy efficiency projects. This competitive portion of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program will target community-scale retrofit projects that make significant, long-term impacts on energy use and can serve as national role models for grassroots energy efficiency efforts. The DOE is seeking public comment on this newly funded program under the Recovery Act. Public comment ends on Sept. 28, 2009.

The DOE is accepting feedback on both the competitively-selected portion of the EECBG program for up to $390 million for neighborhood-scale building retrofits, as well as up to $64 million for local governments that were not eligible to receive the formula grants announced earlier this year. The EECBG program empowers local communities to make strategic investments to meet the nation's long-term goals for energy independence and leadership on climate change.

This first topic area under the funding solicitation will target a select number of innovative programs that are structured to provide whole-neighborhood building energy retrofits. These will be projects that demonstrate a sustainable business model for providing cost-effective energy upgrades for a large percentage of the residential, commercial, and public buildings in a specific community. Possible approaches could include innovative partnerships between the public and private sector, utility retrofit and audit programs, alternative financing, retail partnerships, and others. The DOE will award up to $390 million for these projects.

The second topic area for up to $64 million is reserved for cities, counties and state-recognized Indian tribes that were not eligible to receive population-based formula grant allocations from DOE under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. These funds are intended to help expand local energy efficiency efforts and reduce energy use in the commercial, residential, transportation, manufacturing, or industrial sectors.

"The aim of the 'Retrofit Ramp-Up' program is to jump-start an industry that makes energy efficiency savings easy to access and available to everyone. By encouraging partnerships between local governments and effective private enterprises, we hope tune-ups for buildings will become as accepted as tune-ups for cars. These efforts will save Americans millions of dollars, reduce carbon pollution, and create new green jobs," said Chu.

View the Request for Information. Public comment is requested by Sept. 28, 2009. The funding opportunity announcement is expected to be released in early October, following the public comment period.

For more information on the EECBG program, visit the program's Web site.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fair Housing Workshop

Removing Barriers to Strengthen Communities:
Fair Housing: Affordable Housing and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing at the Local Level

October 1, 2009 6-9pm
Thatcher Brook Primary School
Stowe Street, Waterbury VT

Hosted by the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Designed to provide relevant information to realtors, lenders, affordable housing developers, property managers, and municipal officials this workshop will:

 provide an introduction to Vermont and federal fair housing laws;
 discuss the current regulatory barriers to fair housing choice in Vermont;
 examine the legal requirements impacting municipal zoning practices;
 review available tools that enable municipalities to comply with those requirements; and
 explore planning concepts designed to encourage the development of affordable housing.

All municipalities receiving community development grants from the Vermont Community Development Program must complete a Fair Housing Training as a condition of funding. Any municipality dealing with issues such as affordable housing, group homes, residential care facilities, requests for accessibility modifications, or seeking VCDP funding, cannot afford to miss this workshop.

Presented by:
Ellen Maxon: Vermont Human Rights Commission (HRC)
Julie Kelliher: Vermont Department of Economic, Housing, & Community Development (VDEHCD)
Kevin Stapleton: CVOEO Fair Housing Project (FHP)

How to Register – Space is limited. Call Dani Fuoco, CVOEO Fair Housing Project, 802-864-3334 x 109 or email dfuoco@cvoeo.org

Updated Flood Hazard Regulations

Updated model flood hazard area regulations are now available on the VT DEC website:

If a community is updating their flood hazard or zoning regulations then these models may be valuable to the work of the Planning Commissions.

The table below briefly describes the four models and includes links to pdf versions of the texts.

Model 2 is appropriate for a municipality that does not have zoning and does not have access to Fluvial Erosion Hazard Maps. Model 2 includes administrative text and can be adopted under Chapter 117 §4411 and/or §4424.

Models 3 and 4 are appropriate for municipalities that have existing zoning and Fluvial Erosion Hazard Zone maps. Model 3 assumes that the municipality has little current exposure to flood hazards and may permit new structures outside of the floodway and the Fluvial Erosion Hazard Zone where such structures are accessible by dry land access.

Model 4 clearly prohibits new structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area and the Fluvial Erosion Hazard Zone, and is less complex to administer.

Model 5 is for communities with zoning that do not have access to Fluvial Erosion Hazard Zone maps.

Links to Models
(PDFs) NFIP Compliant? Use Address Erosion Hazards? Cumulative
Benefits / Cost
for Town VT DEC Recommended?
2.0 Inundation Hazard
Yes Stand Alone No High Yes
3.0 Inundation and Erosion Hazard
Yes Zoning Attachment Yes Moderate Highly
4.0 Flood Hazard
Yes Zoning Attachment Yes High Highly
5.0 Inundation Hazard - Zoning
Yes Zoning Attachment No High Yes
For Word .doc versions of the models please contact ned.swanberg@state.vt.us

The models provide recommendations from VT DEC for flood hazard area regulations that meet or exceed the standards required for the National Flood Insurance Program. VT DEC recommends that Planning Commissions adopt the models and make changes as needed to remove any other contradictions or confusing elements in their effective texts. Communities can further integrate the language with existing zoning or make other changes as appropriate. When the Planning Commission has a final draft text, please forward the text to VT DEC ( ned.swanberg@state.vt.us ) for review. The review will identify any areas that do not meet or exceed the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program. After the Planning Commission makes any necessary changes it should be reported to the Selectboard for adoption.

Communities in Chittenden and Washington Counties now have a Preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Studies available. Community officials are encouraged to review the data and submit any requests for corrections before the end of November. Planning Commissions should schedule their work so as to complete adoption by the Selectboard of the updated flood bylaw by the end of March 2010.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Ned Swanberg
Flood Plain Management - River Management Program
802.241.4596 Phone
802.241.4537 Fax

VEM/FEMA Benefit Cost Analysis Training

To all applicants for the HMGP and PDM-C FEMA grant programs:

Since a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required for all FEMA grant programs, we will be conducting an intensive two-day BCA workshop on October 14-15, 2009 at Vermont Emergency Management offices in Waterbury. A grants overview will also be given during this training session. All HMGP and PDM-C grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this important workshop. The training is provided free-of-charge;lunch will be provided. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

This workshop is for mitigation project applicants only; planning grants do not require a BCA.

All those who will be attending the BCA training are required to complete an online course prior to the classroom training session. There are two online courses available which can be accessed on the BCA Helpline website: http://www.bchelpline.com/training.html

Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis Training Course: This training is for those who are not currently familiar with the BCA program or are in need of a refresher: http://www.bchelpline.com/PreReq/index.htm (Total time needed: approximately 3.5 hours)

Bridge Training Course: This training is for users familiar with the previous BCA program to ensure that they are aware of the new terminology and elements of the new tool: http://www.bchelpline.com/Bridge/index.htm

For the classroom training in Waterbury,VEM will provide training manuals and computers with the appropriate BCA software installed. If you are attending the BCA workshop, please bring with you any technical information in connection with your specific project proposal, including: total project costs, traffic count, frequency of flood or storm events, past repair costs or past damages, etc.

Please confirm your attendance at this workshop by sending me an e-mail message no later than Oct. 1, 2009 (rdoherty@dps.state.vt.us). As always, contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding FEMA mitigation grants or their requirements.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Impact of Compact Development on Travel

NRC Reports on Impact of “Compact Development” on Motor Vehicle Travel (September 1, 2009) – The National Research Council of the National Academies released the results of a study, requested by Congress, of the relationship between land development patterns and motor vehicle travel in the U.S. In The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions, researchers report their conclusion that, by 2050, the reductions in vehicle miles traveled, energy use and CO2 emissions that would result from more compact, mixed-use development would range from less than 1 percent to 11 percent, compared to a base case. The panel of researchers disagreed, however, over whether the changes in development patterns and the public policies necessary to achieve the high end of the reduction range are feasible. In a press release, the National Academies state, “Assuming compact development is focused on new and replacement housing – as converting existing housing to higher densities could be prohibitively difficult – significant increases in density would result in modest short-term reductions in personal travel, energy use, and CO2 emissions. However, these reductions will grow over time.” For further information: www.nationalacademies.org/morenews/20090901a.html

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Energy Block Grants--Survey for Public Service, VT

Please respond to this request for input from the VT Department of Public Service. The survey closes on September 14 so it’s important to respond soon. Thanks.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will provide stimulus money to many different sectors, including state and local governments. Specifically, Vermont will receive over $700M in recovery and stimulus funds for several areas, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. These funds will be used to position our state to reduce the costs and consumption of energy through two separate US Department of Energy programs: the State Energy Program (SEP) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The US Department of Energy has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the EECBG Program. The Program’s purposes are to stimulate the economy and to create and retain jobs.

As this is a “formula grant” through the US Department of Energy, allocations to the state of Vermont pre-determined by several factors, including population. Through the EECBG, Vermont communities will also receive the following allocation:

State of Vermont $10,323,300
State Energy Office (DPS) $9,593,500
Bennington $57,900
Brattleboro $56,100
Burlington $180,200
Colchester $71,200
Essex $50,000
Essex Junction $50,000
Hartford $50,000
Milton $50,000
Rutland $78,900
South Burlington $85,500

The EECBG instructions require at least 60% of the funds allocated to the State Energy Office to be allocated to the counties, towns and cities that did not receive a formula allocation, or $5.7 million. These funds will be administered through the Clean Energy Development Fund through a competitive process. To help the CEDF Board of Directors design the criteria for the program, we would ask that you please take a few moments and complete the following on-line survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=jt47721FMCnPm0KnU4uZdQ_3d_3d
The survey will close on September 14th.

Thanks in advance for your help and patience!

Steve Wark, VT Department of Public Service

Monday, August 31, 2009

UPDATE Home Energy Organizing Workshops

The Button-Up Home Energy organizing session for local officials and residents to put together a home energy savings workshop in your community, as mentioned in the blog 2 blogs below, is confirmed for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 AT THE MEMORIAL ROOM OF CITY HALL, MONTPELIER, FROM 6 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M. Contact CVRPC for more information: email cvrpc@cvregion.com or phone 802/229-0389.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Home Weatherization DVD!

The Vermont Button Up program has prepared a 30 minute DVD illustrating basic home weatherization projects that a homeowner with basic handy “person” skills can do. It includes demonstrations on how to do basic air sealing, weatherize an attic hatch or pull down attic stairs or the bulkhead door for your cellar, and how to install interior storm window kits, among other sealing and weatherizing tips. The DVD has been provided to each town’s energy committee and library, but it can also be borrowed from CVRPC for your review or sharing at a local meeting. In addition, the weatherization workshops that were held last fall will be offered again in September. Once CVRPC has confirmed the date for the Central Vermont workshop (It’s looking like it will be September 30.), we will provide you with the information and it will also be blogged on our website at www.centralvtplanning.org. In the meantime, if you want to borrow the weatherization DVD, give us a call at 229-0389 or email cvrpc@cvregion.com.

Energy Workshops Coming in September 2009

Home Energy Saving Workshops Available for Vermont Communities

Central Vermont Community Action Council is seeking community groups and municipalities to partner in organizing local home energy saving workshops. Last year, community groups and other sponsors organized 100 home energy saving workshops statewide reaching over 2700 Vermonters. We hope to surpass these figures this year. These workshops are being conducted with the support of Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network and with funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The workshops are designed to teach residents about the fundamentals of how homes lose energy, simple do-it-yourself measures for incremental energy savings, significant saving opportunities associated with extensive energy retrofits, and available technical and financial resources. We invite you to sign up today to help organize a Home Energy Savings Workshop in your community.

Button-Up Vermont will arrange for a trained energy auditor to come to your community at no-cost to deliver a prepared slide presentation and will provide you with educational and publicity materials. Participating community groups and municipalities have primary responsibility for organizing and coordinating the workshops within their communities, publicizing the program locally, and distributing educational materials at the workshop.

The two-hour workshop format includes the slide presentation, speakers on energy-related topics of local organizers’ choosing, and the showing of a 1/2 hour DVD on, “Simple Weatherization Measures to Button Up Your Home.” Workshops are scheduled to begin in late-September and run through the fall and into early winter.

In mid-late September, Button Up Vermont will organize a series of regional information sessions throughout the state to provide you with more information on how to organize a Button Up program in your community. We will let you know about the dates and locations of these sessions in early September.

If you are interested in helping to organize a Home Energy Saving Workshop in your community, please contact Diana Peduzzi, Assistant Coordinator at button-up@cvcac.org (802 279 1708), or Paul Markowitz, Coordinator at paul@markowitzvt.com (802 229 6307). We look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FY 09 Municipal Planning Grants--report filing

Progress Reports are due for FY 2009 MPG--grants that were received in the fall of 2008.

Your FY09 Municipal Planning Grant is approaching the half-way point in the 18 month contract period. Please take some time over the next month to review the grant requirements and report on the progress of your grant project, including:

• Inform us if any substantial changes have been made to your work plan. (You may need approval for an amendment of your work plan if activities or products have changed. Review Attachment A of your grant agreement).

• Review the requirements in the grant agreement for financial record keeping, procurement and GIS documentation. (See page 2 of the Grant Administration Guide for assistance.)

Before September 21, 2009, please go online to the ACCD Grants Management System, https://development.grants.vermont.gov/, and submit the following documentation:

1. Progress Report.
2. Requisition Request – if progress is being made on the project, you may now request the second payment (30% of total grant).

Remember that only activities and products shown on your work plan are eligible for grant reimbursement. Any grant funds you have received that are not spent on eligible work by May 7, 2010 must be returned.

Please be sure to credit the Municipal Planning Grant Program on all grant products, as required in the grant agreement. Besides raising awareness about this important program, it can help secure funding for MPGs in the future.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you. Wendy Tudor 828-5249

Monday, August 24, 2009

Stimulus Projects in Washington County

Washington County has received over $50 million for stimulus/ARRA projects to date. The Excel table containing a list by county can be accessed at http://recovery.vermont.gov/sites/stimulus/files/1VT_Programs_by_Location.xls and includes program areas such as: education, trasnportation, clean water, arts, community facilities, health services, nutrition. public housing, and economic development. The list is by county and then by town and you can see what your town has received. You can also get additional information and updates on Vermont's stimulus progarm at recovery.vermont.gov. Oh, if you haven't heard already, Vermont has made the decision to NOT put up signs (at a cost of $1500 per sign) that the ARRA program recommends. Vermont believes that money is better spent on projects than it is on signs.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Flood Hazard Maps and Regs

WORKSHOP on Flood Hazard Regulations and DFIRM Maps, Washington County

Just a reminder that Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has scheduled a workshop for Wednesday, September 16, 2009 for 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at 29 Main Street, Montpelier. The workshop will cover the DFIRM maps (digitized flood maps) and any implications resulting from flood zone boundary changes. Discussion will also focus on the flood hazard area regulations that need to be updated to continue to meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). We strongly encourage you to be sure several people from your community attend this workshop. The State’s River Management Program (Ned Swanberg, ned.swanberg@state.vt.us) is looking to review flood hazard area bylaws by March 2010; that’s not as far away as it sounds. If you have questions or want more details, please look for the flyer CVRPC will be mailing out shortly. In the meantime, you can contact Chris Walsh at CVRPC by emailing him at walsh@cvregion.com or calling 802/229-0389.

2009 Municipal Planning Grants on Hold

Municipal Planning Grants - Hold

CVRPC has been notified by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs of the hold on municipal planning grants. Following is the message the Department sent:

“Due to the anticipated downgrades in state revenues, the Municipal Planning Grant Program has been put on hold. It is our hope that there will be adequate revenues to fund these important municipal planning projects, however, the uncertain economic future makes it prudent for us to wait until later in this fiscal year before we can make a decision to issue new grants.

If we are able to move ahead with these grants later on, we will notify municipalities 4-6 weeks in advance of any future application deadline. In the meantime, the MPG application training sessions that had been scheduled over the next month have been cancelled, but will be rescheduled if we are able to move ahead with this Program later in the year.

Please pass this information on to other members of your Municipal Planning Commission. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Planning Coordinators: Sue Minter (828-3119) or Faith Ingulsrud (828-5228).”

Let CVRPC know if you have any questions or there is anything we do to assist. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Brownfields Grant Workshops Announced

EPA New England is hosting three half-day meetings for New England entities interested in applying for EPA Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup, or Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) competitive grants. Representatives from EPA will go over the application guidelines and provide attendees with “tips and tricks” for submitting a successful application.

For more information, please send an e-mail to Region1brownfields@sra.com. New England Brownfields Grant Outreach Meetings

Hosted by: EPA New England

Attendees: New England towns, cities, and municipalities; planning and redevelopment organizations and other interested parties

Dates & Locations:

September 9, 2009
Rensselaer at Hartford
275 Windsor St. Hartford, CT 06120

September 10, 2009
Levi Lincoln Room and Esther Howland Chambers, Worcester City Hall
455 Main St., Worcester, MA

September 17, 2009
Sheraton Harborside
250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

For additional information about brownfields or to recieved a copy of the workshop registration form contact CLare Rock, Regional Planner at clarerock@cvregion.com or call 802.229.0389.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Vermont Growers Guide

The Local Growers Guide is a joint project of the UVM Center for Rural Studies and the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District to raise awareness about local food sources, link customers to local products, and support Champlain Valley and central Vermont farms. The guide includes farmer-submitted information about their farms, their products, and where they sell. You can search the guide by town, product (organically grown, certified organic, or conventional), farm name, and sales outlet. The Local Growers Guide currently contains listings from Chittenden and Washington counties.
To view to the guide visit: http://www.vermontgrowersguide.com/

Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas and Map: Request for Submissions

Do you know of any Low Impact Development (LID) practices (rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, permeable pavement, etc.) in your area? Please take a moment to read about this project and send the Winooski NRCD info about LID pratices in Central Vermont.

About the project:

The Winooski NRCD and UVM Extension Lake Champlain Sea Grant are working in partnership to create a Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas and Map, which will be part of the larger National LID Atlas (http://clear.uconn.edu/tools/lidmap/) created by the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Network. The Vermont LID Atlas & Map will raise awareness of LID projects as a solution to residential stormwater management, reinforce the link between LID projects and water quality, and provide residents with successful examples of local LID projects. For more information visit: http://www.vacd.org/winooski/winooski_LIDatlas.shtml

To include an LID practice in the Vermont LID Atlas & Map, fill out both sides of the pdf form - found at http://vacd.org/winooski/winooski_LIDatlas.shtml and mail your completed form to: Ashley Lidman, Winooski NRCD, 1193 S Brownell Rd., Suite 35, Williston, VT 05495 by September 1, 2009. You can also e-mail me info about each LID practice that you'd like included in the Atlas. Note: There are some glitches when you go to the LID Atlas Web site in Internet Explorer. Try to use Firefox, Safari, or another browser if you can.

For more informaiton contact:
Ashley Lidman
Assistant Manager
Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
1193 South Brownell Road, Suite 35
Williston, VT 05495
Phone: 802-865-7895 Ext.104
Fax: 802-865-7947
E-mail: Ashley.Lidman@vt.nacdnet.net
~ Visit http://vacd.org/winooski/ to learn more about our urban conservation initiatives ~

Central Vermont Regional Energy Meeting

The next Central Vermont Regional Energy Network will take place on August 27. The meeting will be held in the Memorial Room of Montpelier City Hall (entrance around the back) from 6:30-9:00 pm. The meeting will feature speakers to talk about the new Clean Energy Assessment District law that recently passed and about community renewables. Please find the agenda attached and below. We hope you will be able to join us on the 27th.

Proposed Agenda: Promoting Renewable Energy in Your Community

6:30 Gather, eat, and socialize

6:45 Updates

7:00 Local Energy Committee Roundtable
Brief updates from town energy committees and discussion of latest projects and challenges faced

7:30 Clean Energy Assessment Districts
Peter Adamczyk, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Peter will provide a brief overview of this new mechanism available to municipalities to help residents finance energy efficiency and renewable energy in their homes.

7:50 Legislative Update
Brief review of H.446 and other legislation passed during the most recent legislative session

8:00 Community Renewables
1. Community Wind and Building Public Support; Lawrence Mott, New Generation Partners
2. Plainfield Hydro Project, Claudia Clark, Selectboard, Town of Plainfield
3. Funding for renewables through the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Rich Smith (invited); other funding – Clare Rock, CVPRC

8:55 Wrap-Up

9:00 Adjourn

Friday, July 31, 2009

Flood Insurance and the FEMA Grandfathering Rule


What is the Grandfather Rule?

A community will occasionally make structural improvements (dams, levees, etc.) to reduce the potential effects of flooding; experience new development aggravating the flooding situation, thereby expanding the floodplain; revise geographical boundaries resulting in the designation of additional flood hazard areas; or provide nformation to better delineate the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and/or flood insurance risk zones. When these situations occur, the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) is revised and republished.

The implementation of a new FIRM raises the question-- HOW DOES THE NEW MAP AFFECT FLOOD INSURANCE RATES?

To recognize policyholders who have remained loyal customers of the NFIP by maintaining continuous coverage and/or who have built in compliance with the FIRM, the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration has "Grandfather rules" to allow such policyholders to benefit in the rating for that building.

Pre-FIRM (construction prior to the date of the community's initial FIRM):

1. If a policy was obtained prior to the effective date of a map change, the policyholder is eligible to maintain the prior zone and base flood elevation as long as continuous coverage is maintained. The policy can be assigned to a new owner at the option of the policyholder.

2. If a building is Pre-FIRM and a policy was not obtained prior to the effective date of a map change,the applicant is eligible to receive the Pre-FIRM (subsidized) rates based on the new zone rather than the actuarial (elevation based) rates.

Post-FIRM (construction on or after the date of the community's initial FIRM:

1. If a policy was obtained prior to the effective date of a map change, the policyholder is eligible to maintain the prior zone and base flood elevation as long as continuous coverage is maintained. The policy can be assigned to a new owner at the option of the policyholder.

2. If a building was constructed in compliance with a specific FIRM, the owner is always eligible to obtain a policy using the zone and base flood elevation from that FIRM, provided that proof (refer to the Flood Insurance Manual, Rating section for acceptable documentation) is submitted to the insurance company. Continuous coverage is not required.

Preferred Risk Policies:

1. Buildings written on Preferred Risk Policies are required to be located in zones B, C, or X on the FIRM in effect on the date of application and on the date of each subsequent renewal.

2. A building, which becomes ineligible for a Preferred Risk Policy due to a map change to a special flood hazard area, can be rewritten on a standard rated policy using zones B, C, or X.

For more information, go to http://www.fema.gov/nfip/manual.shtm.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Affordable Housing Workshops

Removing Barriers to Strengthen Communities: Affordable Housing and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing at the Local Level

This workshop will explain the relationship between fair housing law and land use regulations. Tools will be provided to help municipalities avoid violating Federal and State fair housing laws. Any municipality dealing with issues such as affordable housing, group homes, residential care facilities, requests for accessibility modifications, or seeking VCDP funding, will want to attend this workshop!

October 1, 2009, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Waterbury VT. Hosted by Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

To register call Dani Fuoco at the CVOEO FHP 802-864-3334 x 109 or email dfuoco@cvoeo.org.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has matching grants available to assist owners of historic agricultural buildings with their rehabilitation and repair. Matching grants of up to $10,000 can be used to restore and repair roofs, frames, windows, foundations, and other important components of agricultural buildings. The grant application and manual are available at www.historicvermont.org/financial/barn.html. Applications must be printed and mailed to the Division postmarked by November 2, 2009. If you need the application and manual mailed to you, contact the Division at 802/828-3049.

Monday, July 20, 2009

You Can Help Our Forests!

Destructive non-native forest insects and diseases such as the Emerald Ash Borer, the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Sudden Oak Death fungus have found their way into the United States and are now “hitchhiking” from state to state in firewood and nursery stock.
On their own, these pests move very slowly, only a couple of miles or less per year. Unfortunately, people are innocently providing a ready means of dispersal, often several hundred miles per day, by bringing infested firewood from home to their camping, sporting or second home destination.
One insect species, the Emerald Ash Borer, has already killed more than 30 million ash trees in the Midwest. That’s the amount of wood needed to build 150,000 homes!
This one insect pest has the potential to virtually eliminate all ash species in North America.

None of these pests have been found in Vermont yet, although Emerald Ash Borer has been found 30 miles from our northwestern border and Asian Long Horned beetle has been found in Worcester, MA, just miles from our southeastern border.

What can you do to Help?
You will probably not see destructive pests hiding in your firewood, but you can prevent them from “hitchhiking” and starting new infestations by always following these simple rules:
•Use local sources of firewood.
• Don’t bring firewood from home when you travel, and don’t return home with firewood from another state.
•A good rule is never move firewood more than 50 miles. If you have already brought firewood from home, do not take it back or leave it behind. Burn it as soon as possible.

For More Information Please Visit www.vtfpr.org/firewood

Trail Initiative Underway

Approximately 6 months ago the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and the Montpelier Conservation Commission co-hosted a regional trails meeting to discuss the possibilities of creating a regional trail map. We had approximately 30 folks attend and voice support. This spring the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission partnered with Local Motion to undertake the creation of the Central Vermont “Trail Finder.”

In a nutshell, the Trail Finder will be a one-stop trail and bikeway website resource for residents and visitors. It will bring together all hiking, biking, walking, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing opportunities into one, easy to search database that will detail trail length, permitted uses, directions, amenities and more. Each trail will have a downloadable and printable map.

What are the benefits to trail groups and municipalities?
Data Collection: We will train local volunteers to collect GPS points and other data for all of your town trails
An Additional Planning Resource: The GPS data will be entered into the Regional Planning Commissions’ GIS planning tools for the region’s and your town’s ongoing planning needs
Accurate, Accessible Town Trail Information: Free information on town trails will be provided to the general public without cost to you (this will save municipalities the cost of printing maps for town trails).
Local Administrative Ability to Update/Change Trail information: Identified and authorized municipal official and/or local trail managers will have the ability to update on-line trail information to reflect changing conditions (such as seasonal trail closures/re-routes and access information.)

What do we need from trail groups and municipalities?
No financial assistance – we have secured grants for the project’s development.
A point person within the town administration or trail organization for Trail Finder related communication
Volunteers to GPS trails and provide trail descriptions and photos
A willingness to fact check the collected data and review the downloadable maps

Next Steps?
This autumn we will be hosting an information and GPS training session to coordinate local volunteers to gather trail data. We will provide an overview of the project and describe how we can work together to make the Central Vermont Trail Finder a success.

We understand trail groups and Towns have a high standard for accuracy and will require that all the regulations, permissible uses and disclaimers be included with all maps. Local Motion and the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will dedicate sufficient resources to develop an accurate, professional product that all stakeholders will value.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Trail Finder, please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Gladczuk, CVRPC Transportation Planner or Clare Rock, Regional Planner at 802.229.0389 or via email at the following email addresses: Gladczuk@cvregion.com clarerock@cvregion.com.

EOC Operations Courses

Vermont Emergency Management
EOC Operations Courses

Vermont Emergency Management will be offering the newly developed EOC Operations Course program in several locations throughout Vermont this summer.

This course examines the role, design, and functions of Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and its relationship as a components of a multi-agency response. Additional topics include staffing and organization, information systems, EOC communications and equipment needs, activating and deactivating, operations, training and exercising. This session utilizes activities and case studies about EOCs at the local, State and Federal levels of government. This course reflects elements of the FEMA G775 EOC Management and Operations Program.

Municipal Emergency Management Directors and their associates from Fire, Rescue, Law Enforcement, Select boards, and elsewhere are invited to attend and expand their knowledge of emergency management.

EOC courses have been scheduled for:

- Berlin, at the Comfort Inn off of I89 exit 7 on Friday, July 17th.
- Rutland, at the Rt. 7 Holiday Inn in Rutland on Tuesday, July 21st.
- Lyndon, at Lyndon State College, Monday, July 27th.
- Hyde Park, at the Green Mtn. Technical Center on Wednesday, July 29th. GMTC is located at 738 VT 15 W in Hyde Park.
- Newport, at the Gateway Center, Tuesday, August 18th.

All sessions are from 6-9pm with dinner provided. To register, please contact Vermont Emergency Management at 1-800-347-0488.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Renewable energy funds available

Recovery Act Announcement: DOE Announces up to $22 Million for Community Renewable Energy Deployment
July 15, 2009

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu today announced plans to provide up to $22 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the planning and installation of utility-scale community renewable energy projects in up to four communities nationwide. This funding opportunity directly supports the Obama Administration's goals of developing clean, renewable energy supplies, and creating new jobs and economic opportunities.
"American families and businesses are struggling in a recession and an increasingly competitive global economy. The Recovery Act was designed to rescue the economy from the immediate dangers it faces while rebuilding its fundamentals, with an eye toward new industry and opportunity," Secretary Chu said. "To help meet these challenges, the Recovery Act invests significant dollars to put people to work to spur a revolution in clean energy technologies."
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Community Center - Montpelier Survey

The City of Montpelier is seeking input on needs that could be met by a new community center in Montpelier on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 6:30 PM in the Memorial Room at City Hall. Mayor Mary Hooper will be the moderator. This effort is part of a two track approach for determining the future of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.

The first track will develop a plan based upon the work of a real estate consultant who will recommend the best use of 58 Barre Street and possibly other structures that may be studied. A Community Development Block Grant application is about to be submitted for this purpose. If awarded, the grant funds would be available as early as January 2010.

The other track is consideration of a community center that would offer many services including multigenerational recreation in an energy efficient building with adequate parking. If successful, this would include funds for a new Montpelier Senior Activity Center.

Meetings are also being planned with the School Department and the Recreation Department to discover needs that may be changing over time.

Surrounding communities will be welcome to contribute their input at 6:30PM on Wednesday July 22, 2009 at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce conference room next to the United Way office at 963 Paine Turnpike, Berlin.

The first draft of the plan along with a list of possible sites will be presented to the Montpelier City Council when they meet on Wednesday September 9. The goal is to find innovative ways to meet future needs with minimal impact on taxpayers in Montpelier and surrounding towns.

For more information contact the Montpelier City Manager’s Office
William Fraser, City Manager, 223-9502

Winooski River Watershed Corridor Plans

The River Management Program of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has been funding with Clean and Clear Water Federal funds fluvial geomorphic assessments in various rivers and streams around the State. Where phase I and II assessments have been completed, a corridor plan is then written. Existing plans are hosted on the River Management Program's web site located at http://anrnode.anr.state.vt.us/ssl/sga/finalReports.cfm. Corridor plans for Central Vermont and the Winooski River watershed exist for the: Dog River, Kingsbury Branch, Mad River, North Branch of the Winooski, Upper Winooski, Stevens Branch, and the Mid-Winooski.

If you have problems accessing the site, please contact Dan Currier at CVRPC, 229-0389 or currier@cvregion.com Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Historic Preservation in Vermont; what do you think about it?

The Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont’s State Historic Preservation Office, is asking Vermonters to share their thoughts about historic preservation in our state by completing a survey. The Division is revising Vermont’s ten-year historic preservation plan and your views and opinions are essential so that the revised plan accurately reflects the views of Vermonters. The revised preservation plan will be available to guide preservation activities throughout the state by any organization interested in following its ideas and not just as a guide for the work undertaken by the Division for Historic Preservation.

Please take about ten minutes to complete the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=ruD8QWhobqkKUnR4L6i_2b4w_3d_3d

We are not collecting any personal information and your survey responses will be used for preservation planning purposes only.

Thank you in advance for your time and help guiding historic preservation in Vermont! We hope you enjoy completing the survey. Of course, feel free to forward the survey link to others who also might be interested in offering their views on historic preservation in Vermont.

Deadline: please be sure to take the survey no later than Friday, July 31, 2009!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Stimulus funds for Weatherization

VERMONT – $6,737,030 awarded today

Vermont will use its Recovery Act funds to weatherize more than 1,800 homes over the next three years, delivering the benefits of conservation to low-income, disabled, and elderly residents. The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will work with five local organizations to provide services across the state. Under the weatherization program, OEO monitors the training needs for the local agencies to ensure homes are weatherized effectively. Local weatherization organizations are also required to solicit in-kind contributions or other donations when working on rental properties. This leveraging of funds enables the program to provide weatherization benefits to additional homes.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive an additional $8.4 million, for a total of nearly $17 million.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Benefit-Cost Analysis Workshop

To all applicants for the HMGP and PDM-C FEMA grant programs:

As a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required for all FEMA grant programs, VEM will be conducting an intensive two-day BCA workshop on October 14-15, 2009 at Vermont Emergency Management offices in Waterbury. A grants overview will also be given during this training session. All HMGP and PDM-C grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this important workshop. The training is provided free-of-charge; lunch will be provided. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

This workshop is for mitigation project applicants only; planning grants do not require a BCA.

All those who will be attending the BCA training are required to complete an online course prior to the classroom training session. There are two online courses available which can be accessed on the BCA Helpline website: http://www.bchelpline.com/training.html Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis Training Course: This training is for those who are not currently familiar with the BCA program or are in need of a refresher: http://www.bchelpline.com/PreReq/index.htm
(Total time needed: approximately 3.5 hours)Bridge Training Course: This training is for users familiar with the previous BCA program to ensure that they are aware of the new terminology and elements of the new tool: http://www.bchelpline.com/Bridge/index.htm

For the classroom training in Waterbury, VEM will provide training manuals and computers with the appropriate BCA software installed. If you are attending the BCA workshop, please bring with you any technical information in connection with your specific project proposal, including: total project costs, traffic count, frequency of flood or storm event, past repair costs or past damages, etc.

Kindly confirm your attendance at this workshop by sending Ray Doherty an e-mail message no later than Sept. 30, 2009.

Ray Doherty, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Vermont Emergency Management
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671
Tel (802) 241-5258

HMPG deadline extended

The application deadline for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) in connection with disaster DR 1816 (December ice storm) has been extended to Friday, October 30, 2009. This deadline has been changed to accommodate scheduled training for Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA). The BCA is a FEMA requirement for all mitigation grants. A formal announcement for the BCA training will be made in the near future. This training will take place here at Vermont Emergency Management offices in Waterbury over a two-day period in mid October; all HMGP applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this important training session.

For additional information contact:
Ray Doherty, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Vermont Emergency Management
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671
Tel (802) 241-5258

Energy Stimulus Funds, ARRA Information for Vermont

State Energy Program

Vermont's application for $21,999,000 in ARRA funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency program was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on May 12, 2009. Once the application has been approved by DOE, the state should be able to access up to 50% of the funds; the remaining 50% will be available when Vermont demonstrates we are obligating the funds in accordance with DOE regulations. These funds will expand the size and scope of the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). This program will be expanded through additional large-scale grant and loan program funding as well as additional small-scale grant and loan program funding, in addition to expansion of the state’s anemometry loan program, training for renewable energy project installations, a program to expand small wind turbine installations through co-development with cellular sites, an efficiency/renewables program for public-serving institutions, and weatherization funding for a low-income housing program in the state. Funding is anticipated to be available in the following program areas:

Clean Energy Development Fund renewable energy activities--$14.4 million
Public Serving Institutions* Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program--$2 million
Vermont Telecom Authority small-scale wind turbines--up to $2 million for ARRA-eligible projects
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board weatherization and renewable energy activities--up to $2 million for ARRA-eligible projects

*Includes government buildings and non-profit public and private universities, colleges, and hospitals.

Funding for activities of the Vermont Telecom Authority and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board will be made in the form of grants to these organizations. Other funds will be distributed through awards from the CEDF through a competitive process that will utilize objective relative measures of economic efficiency. Included in the evaluation criteria will be assessments of the ability of projects to reduce peak load use of nonrenewable electric generation. Program details, including how to apply for competitive funds are still under development, and no applications for funding are yet being accepted. We will post information regarding how you may apply for ARRA funds on this webpage as soon as it is available.


Vermont's application for $16,842,576 in ARRA Weatherization funding was submitted by the deadline of May 12, 2009. Funding will go to program activities including weatherization job training and grants to Community Action Program agencies to deliver weatherization services in the community. For more information about the Weatherization program, see information from the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

This formula grant program allocated Vermont approximately $10,300,000 in block grant funding for a variety of efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Approximately $9.5 million will come through the state, and the rest directly to Vermont cities and towns. Of this $9.5 million, 40% ($3.8 million) is allocated by the DOE to the State Energy Program and 60% ($5.7 million) is allocated to cities and towns not receiving a direct allocation from DOE. We anticipate this will be awarded through an upcoming competitive application process. The Department of Public Service plans to submit an application to the DOE for the funds coming to the state on or before the deadline of June 25, 2009. Some of the money has been directly allocated by DOE to the ten highest-population towns including: Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlingtoni, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Hartford, Milton, Rutland and South Burlington.

Additional information will be posted regarding how you may apply for ARRA funds at www.recovery.vermont.gov/energy as it becomes available.

In the meantime, if you need information on existing loan and grant programs for new energy generation, please visit the Vermont Department of Public Service website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency.html

If you are a consumer and seek information regarding home or business efficiency programs, please contact Efficiency Vermont at 802-860-4095, or call toll-free 1-888-921-5990, or visit their website at www.efficiencyvermont.com.

Background Materials--Other ARRA Energy Programs
Energy Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5), Congressional Research Service, March 3, 2009. (PDF)
Other Links
U.S. Department of Energy ARRA Funding Opportunity Announcements.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Municipal Planning Grants--Apps Due 9/30/09

Funding is available through the Municipal Planning Grants (MPG) for September 2009. The total funding for MPGs was reduced from $800,000 available in previous years to $408,700 for fiscal year 2010 (September 2009).

Key Dates are:

Applications due: September 30, 2009
RPC Confirmation of Municipal Planning Process: September 30, 2009
Award Decision: November, 2009
Project Completion Date: May 9, 2011
Online Application Training Dates: September 1, 3-5 pm and
September 19, 12-2 pm

Please note that all outreach about the MPGs will be by email and all applications must be submitted on-line.

Municipal Planning Grant Program Details
Municipalities may apply for up to $15,000 for single applications or up to $25,000 for multi-town (consortia) applications. No local match is required at this time, but only one application per municipality may be submitted. Municipal Planning grant applications will only be accepted online and are due on September 30, 2009.

Access to the online application will be available in August, but you are encouraged to start planning your projects now and begin the application process by taking the following steps:

1. Review the Program Description to determine the eligibility of your town and project. Pay special attention to the competitive criteria and statewide priorities in determining if you have a project that is a good candidate for funding through this program.

2. Meet with your local planning commission, selectboard and other entities to discuss and agree on a project. Municipal organizations other than the planning commission (e.g. conservation commission) may apply, but must have approval from both the planning commission and selectboard.

3. Review the sample application and develop a work plan and budget for your project with input from your regional planning commission (RPC) and/or a private consultant.

4. Write any “essay” responses to the application questions in a word processing document that can later be pasted into the online application.

5. If you or your town has not yet used the online grants management system, review the Roles and determine who will fill those roles from your municipality.

6. Create a new user account on the system following the instructions provided on Grants Management Log-in page.

7. New Municipal/Authorizing Official(s) will need to create a new user account on that site and obtain the necessary validation by calling 802-828-5249 during business hours.

8. If you need coaching, sign up for one of the optional online application trainings.

Anyone who has created a user account in the online grants management system (this year or last), will receive email notification when the online application is ready for use, sometime in August.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the MPG program administrator, Wendy Tudor at 802-828-5249 (direct line), 800-622-4553 (toll free) or email wendy.tudor@state.vt.us, or CVRPC at cvrpc@cvregion.com or 802/229-0389.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

DFIRM's, FEMA, NFIP, Getting Closer!

Now that I've used all the acronyms, we'll get to the heart of the matter. The Washington County DFIRMS are considered to be final unless there is some really glaring line error and even then it would take hiring an engineer to get the line changed on the DFIRM. So, for all intents and purposes, the DFIRM's are final. We have the opportunity on Monday, July 27 to see the unveiling of the Washington County DFIRM's, talk with FEMA and State Floodplain folks about the NFIP program, bylaws, requirements and timeline for updating local flood hazard bylaws. These two meetings will take place in Waterbury, at the State complex, in the Skylight conference room at 2 to 4 p.m. AND at 7 to 9 p.m. All local officials involved in flood plain bylaw development, enforcement, etc are strongly encouraged to attend this July 27 meeting. It is very important because in order for a municipality to remain in the NFIP program and thereby, property owners to get a reduced rate on flood insurance, the community's flood hazard bylaws must meet new NFIP standards. The State wants to receive all Washington County flood plain bylaws for their review by March 2010. That's not a lot of time and is why we URGE you to attend the July 27 meeting and find out everything you need to know so you can begin or complete your work on your flood plain bylaws. The earlier your bylaws are submitted for State review, the quicker the process will go forward.

There will be follow up meetings on September 16, 2 to 4 p.m. AND 7 to 9 p.m., at CVRPC's office in Montpelier, to assist with questions, issues and problems related to getting flood plain bylaws reviewed and approved. Municipalities that have already updated their flood plain bylaws, but have not had them reviewed and approved by the State should get them submitted quickly so they can be reviewed and if corrections are needed, they can be corrected and adopted. This workshop will be a good time to get last minute questions answered. Even though you may attend the July 27 DFIRM map meeting, we encourage you to also plan to attend the September 16 workshop, too. CVRPC staff is here to assist and are awaiting your calls and emails. Reach out and ask away! cvrpc@cvregion.com or call 802/229-0389. We' re here for you!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

2010 Census Dates

Following are some key dates relating to the 2010 Census:

April to June 2009--Census employees go door to door to update address lists;
Fall 2009 -- Recruitment begins for local census jobs for 2010 Census operations;
February to March 2010-- Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households;
April 2010-- Residents fill out and return Census questionnaires;
April to July 2010-- Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail;
December 2010 -- By law, the Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President for apportionment;
March 2011 -- By law, the Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.

Encourage all to participate in the 2010 Census; every person counted affects the amount of Federal services and dollars received by towns and Vermont! Thanks.