From the Director, December 2017 - Want to Know More About What We Do & What We're Doing? Glad You Asked!

Chris CampanyIt's been a productive year at the Windham Regional Commission. Our assistance to towns as they implement the new state clean water initiative, especially new regulations that relate to town roads, is occupying at least part of the time of three staff and two interns. Developing a regional energy plan that is compliant with Act 174, and which will serve as the statutory basis for our determination of compliance of town plan energy elements, is approaching hearing draft stage. We've developed data and targets necessary for towns to develop Act 174-compliant town energy plan elements, and we've begun in-depth assistance to towns that want to develop those energy plans. We're managing two renewable energy grant programs: one assists schools, towns, and non-profit organizations install modern wood heating systems; the other supports renewable energy development. Our Brownfields program continues to assist with the redevelopment of properties throughout southern Vermont. But this is just a partial snapshot of what we've been working on. We are proud of our work and want you to know what we are doing.

In addition to our meetings and related agendas and minutes, we produce monthly staff activity summaries that are linked at the top of our home page just below the "This week at the WRC" heading. These are highlights, but they provide a detailed glimpse into our day to day and week to week work. We also produce newsletters most months. These are available by email and through our website at http://windhamregional.org/news. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, contact our Office Manager, Ashley Collins, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We produce an annual report, which is available on our About the WRC webpage http://windhamregional.org/about (and which also includes all kinds of other information about what we do and how we do it). And if you want our annual summary of what we've done for your town lately, click on your town's name on our Towns webpage (http://windhamregional.org/towns), click on your town, and look for "WRC Town Support Highlights." We'll have these summaries updated for 2017 soon after the new year.

If you'd like to know more about regional planning commissions (RPCs) throughout the state, I invite you to explore the newly-updated website of the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies at www.vapda.org. There you can find the annual reports, and a summary report, of all of the RPCs. We're proud of the service our Commissions provide to our towns and the role we play in the State by linking local, state and federal government in the absence of county government. As Vermont's Commissioner of Housing and Community Development, Katie Buckley (who is also a former WRC Commissioner for Guilford) remarked at a recent WRC Full Commission meeting, RPCs are where everything comes together.

Last Updated on 05 January 2018
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