Utilities and Facilities

 

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The Williston Materials Recovery Facility. Picture courtesy of Central Vermont Solid Waste Management.

The location, condition and availability of services and facilities can have a profound influence on growth and development in a Region. Homes, businesses, and industry tend to concentrate where utilities and facilities are readily available, while areas remote from infrastructure and services are more costly and difficult to develop. Communities and Regions, through the thoughtful placement of infrastructure, may direct growth to the most suitable location, or away from areas where change may have undesirable impacts.

The condition and scale of utilities also needs to be considered. Where facilities are over-sized and under-utilized they may encourage unplanned growth, or operate inefficiently and at unnecessary financial expense to residents. For systems that are at capacity and/or outdated, further development may cause environmental damage. Failure to upgrade urban systems may stall new growth or push it away from growth-designated areas. Communities and Regions can avoid the above scenarios through the appropriate timing and sizing of infrastructure improvements.

The Utilities and Facilities element of Plan Central Vermont will examine policies and strategies that will support the critical role public and private utilities and facilities play in providing for the health, safety, and welfare of Central Vermont’s citizens. The element focuses on four key areas:

  1. Wastewater Systems
  2. Water Supply Systems
  3. Solid Waste
  4. Information Technology
Draft Utilities and Facilities element

The draft Utilities and Facilities element of Plan Central Vermont will be available in mid-2016.

This map is a sample of the issues covered in the Utilities and Facilities element.  It shows the percentage of buildings served by wireless voice service in 2013, as well as the change in coverage between 2010 and 2013.

This map is a sample of the issues covered in the Utilities and Facilities element. It shows the percentage of buildings served by wireless voice service in 2013, as well as the change in coverage between 2010 and 2013.

The Process

There is not a separate working group for the Utilities and Facilities element of Plan Central Vermont. Instead, staff has worked one-on-one with stakeholders from around the Region and discussed progress with the Draft Review Committee. You can view the summaries of those discussions below.

We have met directly with a number of stakeholders and have focused outreach efforts on groups like:

  • The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • The Watershed Management Division of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Local Water System and Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators
  • The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District
  • The Mad River Resource Management Alliance
  • Vermont Department of Public Service
Related Documents and Planning Initiatives