Oct 242014
 

Closed for public comment.  This plan element was open for public comment through November 20, 2014.

Artists and artisans flourish in the region, producing glassware, pottery, prints, and fine furniture.  Microbrews, ski trails, fall foliage, maple syrup, and great cheeses all really do exist here. Many of these local products and businesses contribute to our region’s sustainability by using local ingredients and utilizing the area’s farm and forest land.  But ECV is not just a picture-perfect postcard. Click here for full Economic Development plan element.

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 Posted by at 12:47 pm on October 24, 2014
Oct 202014
 

An Introduction to the Maker Movement

by Dan Potter, Planner, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

The Maker Movement has been emerging all across the country, from a variety of Maker’s spaces to the large Maker’s Faire outside of San Francisco to the Champlain Mini-Maker Faire in Vermont.  As the growing popularity of this movement brings it to the attention of more and more folks, many are asking, what exactly is the Maker Movement, who are Makers, and what are they making? More . . . 

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 Posted by at 12:46 pm on October 20, 2014
Aug 252014
 

East Central Vermont: What We Want

Reducing Energy Use in the Built Environment Plan Element

Excerpt: Energy use in East Central Vermont (ECV), like all of Vermont, continues to be a major challenge in the pursuit of a sustainable future. Nationwide concern about oil dependence has grown since the 1970s oil and energy crises.  Read More . . .

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 Posted by at 4:49 pm on August 25, 2014
Aug 222014
 

East Central Vermont: What We Want

Regional Transportation Plan Element

Excerpt: For too long, rural transportation planning has been directed at “effect management.” Management this way is based on the assumption that professionals must simply calculate the anticipated growth in traffic and then decide how the transportation network should be built to meet capacity.   Read More . . .

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 Posted by at 10:11 am on August 22, 2014
Aug 222014
 

East Central Vermont: What We Want

Our Homes Plan Element

Excerpt: Housing plays a vital role in changing people’s lives and communities.1 Many of our areas are residential in nature and serve as bedroom communities to a few regional job centers.2 Because our job centers tend to lack housing that is affordable for a wide spectrum of people, those who can least afford housing often live the farthest away from where they work. This has led to an environmentally and financially unsustainable commuting pattern and placed additional strain on disposable income, which, in turn, stifles economic growth.  Read More . . .

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 Posted by at 9:03 am on August 22, 2014
Mar 212014
 

This report was prepared for Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission on behalf of the East Central Vermont Sustainability Consortium and funded by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Community Regional Planning Grant Program.

Some residents of the East Central Vermont region face extraordinary challenges finding housing that is both affordable and located near their jobs and needed services. Prevailing median home prices of $173,000 during the first six months of 2013 are out of reach for thousands of area households making less than the area median income. The scarce rental options in many East Central Vermont communities make the search for affordable housing even tougher. Both homeownership and rental housing prices are in part driven higher by Windsor County’s high proportion of vacation homes which limits the stock available for year-round residents and brings wealthier households into the region to compete for units. In a recent survey of residents, the East Central Vermont Consortium found that most respondents (74%) believe “ensuring housing is available and affordable” is the best tool for the region to use to attract young people and families. Read more . . .

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 Posted by at 11:28 am on March 21, 2014
Feb 202014
 

The information and resources in this Guide were compiled to help Vermonters, cost-effectively reduce residential energy use, save money and increase home comfort.  The discussion of energy-saving programs, materials, resources, procedures, and tips for Upper Valley homeowners is broken into eight sectors relating to energy use, outlined in the Table of Contents below: building envelope, heating, cooling, ventilation and air distribution, lighting, appliances and electronics, water heating and water-use conservation and food.

 

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 Posted by at 10:22 am on February 20, 2014
Feb 182014
 

Executive Summary

Smart growth development projects are compact and walkable, offer a mix of uses, and create a sense
of place. Such projects on infill sites have environmental benefits because they can reduce development
pressure on outlying areas, helping to safeguard lands that serve important ecological functions; can
reduce the amount that people drive, improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
can lead to the cleanup and reuse of formerly economically viable but now abandoned sites, including
those contaminated with hazardous substances.

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 Posted by at 3:20 pm on February 18, 2014