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The Rutland Regional Planning Commission serves 27 communities and provides assistance on a range of community development activities and issues.

The RRPC provides leadership and technical expertise to encourage cooperative planning within and among the region's communities and area wide interests. more


 
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Does the dance between people-scaled design and transportation excite you? Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) is hiring a full-time Transportation Planner, who will be part of a diverse and fun team of regional and urban planners. The right person for this position will thrive by working with a team of professionals who promote smart growth principles and will understand how transportation planning shapes our local communities. MORE

Engaging Vermont Woodland Owners through Wildlife Project Launch The VT Tree Farm Program, Audubon Vermont, Project Learning Tree, and the American Forest Foundation have developed a project to enhance wildlife and bird habitat, with an initial focus in Southern Vermont Windham, Windsor, Rutland, and Bennington Counties. As foresters, landowners, stakeholders, organizations, and friends you are invited to attend the project launch.

Thursday, June 23rd
Grafton Inn, Grafton, VT
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lunch will be served

RSVP is requested by June 17th. Please email me (kmwanner@comcast.net) with your reply. MORE

Countdown to CWSRF Subsidy: June 30, 2016 Countdown to CWSRF Subsidy: June 30, 2016

Wastewater Municipalities - There is limited time left to apply for the CWSRF subsidy funding. These funds are on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions regarding the subsidy application process or have general loan program questions, please contact Terisa Thomas at 802 249 2413 or by e-mail at terisa.thomas@vermont.gov.

Terisa Thomas
Water Infrastructure Financing Programs
Facilities Engineering Division
Department of Environmental Conservation MORE

The Department of Housing and Community Development in partnership with the Agency of Natural resources is pleased to announce approximately $20,000 in Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grants for Designated Downtowns and Village Centers. Grant applications are due June 6, 2016. See the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grant Application for eligibility, funding and application requirements. Any municipality with a Designated Downtown or Designated Village Center may apply for funding and must be submitted by the municipality. The maximum grant amount is $20,000 with a 25% match requirement that can be cash or in-kind. MORE

$2.2M Available for Projects through Vermont's Downtown & Village Tax Credit Program! In 2016, $2,200,000 in state income tax credits are available to projects that enhance the historic character and improve building safety of older and historic commercial buildings in these designated communities. The credits support general rehabilitation work, code compliance work, data and network wiring, and exterior improvements, and may be combined with the federal program.

Applications for the next round of tax credits are due Friday, July 1, 2016 by 4:30 pm and the Vermont Downtown Board will make its allocation decisions when it meets July 25, 2016.


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SURVEY AVAILABLE TO SWAC RESIDENTS One requirement of the SWIP is for solid waste management entities to survey residents on knowledge of variable rate pricing, recycling, organics, C &D (Construction and Demolition Debris), HHW (Household Hazardous Waste)/CEG (Conditionally Exempt Generator), and Electronic Waste and Universal Waste. Your participation in filling out the survey would be most appreciated. MORE

Stormwater Permits for Municipal Roads presentation now available on YouTube. MORE

Vermont Clean Water Initiative The Vermont Clean Water Act, Act 64, passed the Vermont Legislature in 2015. The goal of this act is improve the quality of Vermont's waters and to implement the plan for a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of phosphorous loading into Lake Champlain. Resources in the form of state staffing, funding and educational outreach have been dedicated to this work. Regional Planning Commissions also have received funding to work on water quality planning and outreach. These collective activities are now referred to as the Vermont Clean Water Initiative.

For more information, visit the VT Department of Environmental Conservation's new website.
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NEW Town Plan Report Template to Satisfy Requirements of T24-4384 MORE

DHCD is pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of the Planning Manual is now available for download
The 2016 update includes two modules:

Module 1 is The Municipal Plan that includes new concepts on developing a shared community vision, more concise and user-friendly plans, and effective implementation strategies. It gives advice on how to work with existing plans and includes a section on the role of the municipal plan in state Act 250 land use permits and Section 248 proceedings for electric generation facilities.

Module 2 details all five of the State Designation Programs (downtown, villages, etc.) and includes case studies that show how cities and towns have used the programs to implement their plans and achieve their goals.
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Smart Growth Connection Project MORE

Need Help with Welcoming Customers on Your Farm? In collaboration with a number of other groups in Vermont working on developing agritourism, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission recently helped produce the following thirteen Best Practices and How To Guides:
Assessing Your Agritourism Potential
Marketing
Business and Financial Planning
Offering High Quality On-Farm Experiences
Safety and Risk Management
Land Use and Zoning for Agritourism
Develop a Farm Tour
Develop a Farm Stand
Develop a Farm Stay
Develop a Pick-Your-Own Business
Host Weddings on Your Farm
Host Dinners on Your Farm
How to Host Summer Camp on Your Farm

All 13 guides can be found at: http://www.uvm.edu/vtagritourism/

This publication is the result of tax-supported funding from USDA, Rural Development, and as such, is not copyrightable. It may be reprinted with the customary crediting of the source.

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Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure Toolkit for Vermont Towns MORE

Sudbury Draft Town Plan MORE

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