Process Underway to Develop the 2006 Chittenden County Regional Plan

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Process Underway to Develop the 2006 Chittenden County Regional Plan

Tue, 07/06/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

July 2004 begins the process for preparing Chittenden Countys next
Regional Plan. The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) will develop
the advisory regional plan, which is used to guide public and private decisions affecting land
development, infrastructure, public services, and natural resources. Greg Brown (CCRPCs
Executive Director) notes, The Commission will devote over two years to develop the 2006
Regional Plan in order to maximize public involvement at every stage of the process.
That process will be quite different from the approach used to prepare the 2001 Regional
Plan. Over the next two years, CCRPC will solicit and use public feedback to prepare a series
of three draft plans. Each successive draft plan will build upon the previous draft to address
a wider scope of issues in greater detail than its predecessor.
The initial stage in the process will be from July to December 2004. From July to September,
CCRPC will solicit public feedback on needed refinements to the 2001 Chittenden County
Regional Plan. From October to December, the Commission will use that feedback to identify
the scope of requested improvements to the 2001 Regional Plan that, when made, will allow
it to serve as an initial draft of the 2006 Regional Plan. Brown added, This initial review of
the 2001 Regional Plan will enable participants to focus their energies on improving what
we already have, rather than asking the public to work from a blank slate.
The Commission next will solicit public feedback on the Initial Draft Plan and use that feedback
to prepare a more detailed Intermediate Draft Plan. CCRPC then will solict public feedback on
the Intermediate Draft Plan and use the feedback to prepare a Public Hearing Draft Plan. That
draft will be used in the four-month formal public hearing process required for the Commission
to adopt the Regional Plan. Each draft will improve on the previous draft, based on feedback
provided by the public.
CCRPCs Plan Review and Update Committee (PRUC) will receive and review public feedback on
behalf of the Commission during the 2006 Regional Plan development process. Garret Mott
(PRUC Chair and CCRPC Commissioner from Buels Gore) adds, The Commission is committed
to working with the public for the betterment of Chittenden County and Northwest Vermont. Its
very important to the Commission that the 2006 Regional Plan express what the public says
Chittenden County should be.
CCRPC has set up a special E-mailbox for questions and comment about the 2006 Chittenden
County Regional Plan and the process that will be used to develop the Plan at
2006regionalplan@ccrpcvt.org org. Additional information and forms for providing the Commission
with your feedback are available on line at www.ccrpcvt.org/ 2006regionalplan 2006regionalplan. If you have any
questions regarding the development of the 2006 Regional Plan please contact:
Greg Brown Ian MacDougall Tim Fluck
Executive Director Land Use Planner Principal Planner
846 846-4490 (Ext. 23) 846 846-4490 (ext.26) 846 846-4490 (Ext. 25)
gbrown@ccrpcvt.org imacdougall@ccrpcvt.org tfluck@ccrpcvt.org