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Did you hear the news about our Board Commissioner Annette Smith? She was named Burlington Free Press’ “Vermonter of the Year”! The award was given to her “for her persistent efforts as a citizen advocate, a vocation as old as Vermont itself”.
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FY17 EPA Cleanup Application Public Information Meeting; December 5, 2016; 5:30-6:00 PM; Proctor Free Library, 4 Main Street, Proctor, VT 05765
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Municipal Energy Plan Training - Monday, December 12, 2016 Act 174: Integrating Land Use and Energy Planning
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Act 174: Integrating Land Use and Energy Planning What It Means for Your Town
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$200k in Planning Funds Available to Improve Transportation and Economic Vitality in Community Centers! VTrans and DHCD are pleased to announce $200,000 in available planning grant funds to expand transportation options while fostering economic vitality for our businesses and communities. The program is open to municipalities (except Chittenden County communities that have a separate source of funding) and grant applications are due January 13, 2017.

All applicants must participate in a pre-application meeting with program staff by December 16, 2016.
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Take the Commute Challenge Sept 26-Oct 7: Sign-up and Win Prizes! The Way to Go! Challenge is back September 26th through October 7th. Simply walk, run, bike, bus, carpool or telecommute as many days as you can during the two weeks. This year, in addition to the Carbon Cup award, businesses or organizations can compete to win a Carbon Throwdown Trophy. Individuals who sign-up will be automatically entered into drawings for a number of other prizes, like an Apple iPad, Apple TV, GoPro, Nest Thermostat, gift certificates, and more. The earlier you sign up, the more chances you have to win. Please help spread the word and sign-up for this wonderful event!
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Applications are now being accepted for inclusion in the 2017 Sustainable Design Assessment Team Program! The deadline to submit applications is Friday, December 9, 2016. To view the application packet and other related resources, please visit the AIA Center for Communities by Design website.
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State seeks input on Draft Plan to Restore Lake Champlain and Public Information meeting in Rutland
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New due date for FY17 Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) applications - October 31, 2016!
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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
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$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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VT Water Quality Standards changes Public comment period and upcoming public hearings on new standards.
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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.
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Commemorative Tree Planting Grants The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program is celebrating 25 years as a program!

To help us commemorate this important milestone, we are asking our partners at the local level to join us in the celebration by doing our favorite thing: planting trees. Through this one time opportunity, we are offering $25,000 in grants - up to $1,000 a piece - for 2016. Next year, we plan to bring back our traditional grant program, Communities Caring for Canopy.

Be part the celebration and let’s continue to make Vermont a shade better together. Proposals are due April 16th, 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.
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Stormwater Permits for Municipal Roads presentation now available on YouTube.
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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
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Smart Growth Connection Project
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FY2017 Vermont Better Roads Grant Program The Vermont Agency of Transportation is pleased to announce the 19th year of funding to support projects on municipal roads that improve water quality and result in maintenance cost savings. Applications are due by Due by 5pm on Friday April 15th, 2016.
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Rutland Region Emergency Management Guide The Rutland Region Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC #2) adopted an updated Emergency Management Guide for the region on April 15, 2015. This is a resource for all municipalities, emergency management organizations, and facilities in the region. Please download the guide here:
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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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Rutland Creek Path Segment 5 Final Report This is a scoping study and list of recommendations for Section 5.
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Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure Toolkit for Vermont Towns
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Hubbardton Town Plan
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