Town Commission Meetings

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission staff regularly attend town commission meetings throughout the Region to answer questions about Plan Central Vermont and listen to feedback from towns. Please choose a town below to see what was discussed.

Barre City
Barre Town
Berlin
Cabot
Calais
Duxbury
East Montpelier
Fayston
Marshfield
Montpelier
Middlesex
Moretown
Northfield
Orange
Plainfield
Roxbury
Waitsfield
Warren
Washington
Waterbury
Williamstown
Woodbury
Worcester

Barre City

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Barre Town

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Berlin

Staff attended a Planning Commission (PC) meeting in Berlin on April 9, 2014. PC members discussed a number of trends and challenges the municipality is facing and brought light to regional priorities and concerns:

  • The Housing Distribution Plan needs to be updated, the numbers were unrealistic and showed the potential for Berlin to be overwhelmed with housing growth that did not occur
  • Updated flooding information for towns, fluvial erosion hazard areas and decent documentation of hot spots mapped throughout the Region
  • Encouraging the Berlin Town Center development (noting it as a growth center), the area has been zoned appropriately but has not yet been effective at encouraging development—a consultant created a plan for adding sewer and water to spur development; however, this has not happened (lack of funding and land is privately owned, did not qualify for Village Center Designation because it does not currently function as such)
  • Strengthening the Current Use program to incentivize working the land instead of letting it sit for future development, creating more benefits for sustainable use of the land, increasing penalties for removing land from the program for development
  • Energy siting: identify areas where renewable energy is viable
  • Diversifying housing throughout the Region (for example: not having all affordable housing options located within the same area)
Cabot

Staff attended a Planning Commission (PC) meeting in Cabot on February 20, 2014. PC members discussed a number of trends and challenges the municipality is facing and brought light to regional priorities and concerns:

  • Road standards should be changed to meet the needs of the village
  • The community rating system (CRS) is challenging for small towns
  • Job creation is necessary for retaining youth
  • Unregulated truck traffic in the village is leading to safety concerns for pedestrians
  • There are barriers to compact development in the village
  • The village lacks affordable housing
  • Towns need assistance on renewable energy, environmental protection and hazard mitigation projects
  • Broader Regional approach to environmental protection, bigger than the towns
  • Cost of education is rising, but quality is declining
Calais

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Duxbury

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East Montpelier

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Fayston

Staff attended a Planning Commission (PC) meeting in Fayston on April 21, 2014. PC members discussed a number of trends and challenges the municipality is facing and brought light to regional priorities and concerns:

  • Could benefit from stronger guidelines on energy siting, because the town does not have any ridge lines that would be good for wind power
  • Affordable housing should be considered more broadly at the Regional level rather than at the town level
  • Housing distribution plans and affordable unit requirements do not really make sense for Fayston
  • Natural resources and recreation are crucial to the future of the Mad River Valley, impact of climate change on seasonal recreation need to be considered
  • Farming and food systems need to be considered at the regional scale
  • Public transit does not really make sense in Fayston since it is so rural
Marshfield

Staff attended a Planning Commission (PC) meeting in the Town of Marshfield on June 5, 2014. PC members discussed a number of trends and challenges the municipality is facing and brought light to regional priorities:

  • CVRPC should consider creating strategies that are different for different towns, or difference for “growth areas” in the region vs. more rural areas
  • The top three problems that come up over and over again in the town are: the need for elder housing; economic growth in the village; and the use of the forest district
  • The town has been trying to create senior housing and needs assistance finding funding to move forward—East Montpelier and Calais have been looking into this as well and facing challenges, Cabot is a success story but East Montpelier has been working for a very long time with no success, Twinvalley Senior Center recently moved from Marshfield to East Montpelier
  • Economic Vitality in the Village—considering holding forums to gather input, the PC wants to have a village center designation but the village trustees are fighting it (they want to include too much in the area)
  • Working lands—current plan does not fully achieve rural residential requirements, seems to create a sprawl pattern
  • The town could use assistance with their zoning application and update, drafting language
Middlesex

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Montpelier

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Moretown

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Northfield

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Orange

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Plainfield

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Roxbury

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Waitsfield

Staff attended a Planning Commission (PC) meeting in the Town of Waitsfield on July 1 to give a progress update on the Regional Plan and let the town know how it can be more involved throughout the update process. PC members discussed a number of trends and challenges the municipality is facing and brought light to regional priorities:

  • Increasing access to affordable housing, specifically for the workforce elderly populations;
  • Incentivizing smaller lot sizes in the town center, allowing access to water and wastewater to guide development;
  • The need for assistance with cell tower and energy project siting;
  • Increasing access to quality education and jobs to better retain youth,
  • The need for CVPRC to include climate change as a theme throughout the Regional Plan Update; and more.
Warren

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Washington

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Waterbury

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Williamstown

Staff attended a Planning Commission (PC) meeting in Williamstown on February 13, 2014. PC members discussed a number of trends and challenges the municipality is facing and brought light to regional priorities and concerns:

  • Access to the interstate is not being utilized
  • A stronger technology industry would benefit the town
  • Needed improvement in public transportation
  • High population of elderly that do not have access to basic needs, poor transit options and no grocery store or drug store in town
  • Could benefit from a wellness clinic or doctors office
  • There is decent, affordable housing in good condition but not enough, and some is in very poor conditions (many of the private affordable options)
  • Though there is a full time sheriff, residents are concerned about slow police response times
  • Pedestrian and bike safety on Route 14 is a concern, and the town would  benefit from a separate bike path
Woodbury

Staff attended a Planning Commission (PC) meeting in Woodbury on May 19, 2014. PC members discussed a number of trends and challenges the municipality is facing and brought light to regional priorities and concerns:

  • Policies are driving youth away
  • The roads in the Region have never been this bad
  • Taxes are hurting local businesses, property tax is preventing homeownership
  • Complete lack of cell phone coverage in much of the town
  • Public lake access not allowed on the largest lake in town, so other lakes are overused
  • The Housing Distribution Plan is not necessary for the town
  • Many local mobile home parks are owned by the State, not take care of by residents and very expensive to maintain
  • Affordable housing options should be promoted to increase homeownership and create buy-in from community members
Worcester

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