Hazard Mitigation Plan


Process Underway to Update Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazards Mitigation Plan

In June 2021, Chittenden County municipalities initiated a collaborative planning effort to develop the 2022 update of the Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The benefits derived from the planning process, and the recommended mitigation actions that will ultimately be implemented, will significantly improve community resilience and sustainability.

Over the next several months staff of IEM, an international disaster and crisis management firm will be working with CCRPC staff and emergency management, planning and public works staff of Chittenden County communities to update the County Multi-Jurisdictional Plan as well as 17 municipal All-Hazards Mitigation Plan which are included as Annexes to the County Plan.

IEM will also coordinate its efforts with the CCRPC’s Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Committee. See below for details »

Starting in late 2015 through 2017, CCRPC staff worked with municipal staff such as Road Foremen, Town Planners, Fire Chiefs and Police Chief to refine municipal strategies to address the hazards which cause the most common impacts to municipal infrastructure and residents and businesses.

Final versions were then reviewed and adopted by the respective governing bodies (Selectboards, City Councils, Trustees) and later formally approved by FEMA.

You can download PDFs of the various municipal 2017 All-Hazards Mitigation Plans and the Plan maps by clicking on the links in the table below »




Annex # to 2017 Municipal All-Hazards Mitigation Plans (AHMP)AHMP Figures
1Bolton (Town)Bolton, AHMP Figures
2Buels Gore (Gore)Buels Gore, AHMP Figures
3Burlington (City)Burlington, AHMP Figures
4Charlotte (Town)Charlotte, AHMP Figures
5Colchester (Town)Colchester, AHMP Figures
6Essex (Town) / Essex Junction (Village)Essex / Essex Junction, AHMP Figures
7Hinesburg (Town)Hinesburg, AHMP Figures
8Huntington (Town)Huntington, AHMP Figures
9Jericho (Town)Jericho, AHMP Figures
10Milton (Town) Milton, AHMP Figures
11Richmond (Town)Richmond, AHMP Figures
12St. George (Town)St. George, AHMP Figures
13Shelburne (Town)Shelburne, AHMP Figures
14South Burlington (City)South Burlington, AHMP Figures
15Underhill (Town)Underhill, AHMP Figures
16Westford (Town)Westford, AHMP Figures
17Williston (Town)Williston, AHMP Figures
18Winooski (City)Winooski, AHMP Figures

2017 Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazards Mitigation Plan

At its February 15, 2017 meeting, the CCRPC Board unanimously adopted the 2017 Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazards Mitigation Plan. Prior to adoption by the Board, the Plan was reviewed and “approved for adoption” by staff of the Vermont Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Significant hazards addressed in the plan include Severe Rainstorms, Flooding, Fluvial Erosion and Water Pollution and their associated vulnerabilities such as damage to public infrastructure; temporary road and bridge closures; temporary isolation of vulnerable individuals and budgetary impacts.

To address these significant hazards and vulnerabilities, the Plan establishes the following six Regional Mitigation strategies to be carried out by the Chittenden County RPC in partnership with its member municipalities and others. These include:

  • #1: assist municipalities with development of plans, policies and land development regulations;
  • #2: promote municipal participation in development and implementation of Tactical Basin Plans;
  • #3: assist municipalities to develop and improve infrastructure;
  • #4: assist municipalities in protecting people, building and facilities where development already exists;
  • #5: assist municipalities in promoting growth in appropriate locations and in transportation infrastructure planning, and
  • #6: assist municipalities in meeting standards to minimize required municipal share towards FEMA Public Assistance project costs.

The CCRPC has also been working with its member municipalities to finalize their individual Local All-Hazard Mitigation Plans (AHMP) which are annexes to the Multi-Jurisdictional Plan. These municipal annexes were submitted FEMA for review between February and August 2017. The final versions of these municipal AHMPs will be posted in late August 2017 on this webpage.



2017 chittenden county All-Hazards Mitigation Plan Committee

Starting in March 2015, the CCRPC again started the process of working with its municipalities, with various CCRPC subcommittees and with Local Emergency Planning Committee #1 to update the plans to reflect current hazard threats and appropriate mitigation strategies. An update committee was appointed, which includes a representative from each municipality. Below are the meeting materials for the committee.

Meeting # 7 – January 30, 2018, 9:00am-10:30am, CCRPC office

Meeting # 6 – January 9, 2017, 11:00am-12:30pm, CCRPC office

Meeting # 5 – June 8, 2016, 2:30-4:30pm, CCRPC office

Meeting # 4 – February 10, 2016, 2:30-4:30pm, CCRPC office

Meeting # 3 – November 5, 2015, 2:30-4:30pm, CCRPC office

Meeting # 2 – September 9, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, CCRPC office

Meeting # 1 – May 13, 2015, 2:30-4:30pm, CCRPC office

Public Meeting 1: Review and Hear Comments on the Draft Plan

June 29, 2016, 6:00-7:30pm, CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

The CCRPC received various comments on the June 22nd draft of the Multi-Jurisdictional Plan. Please view the Responsiveness Summary to see how these comments were addressed in the December 2016 draft to be discussed at the All-Hazards Plan Update Committee meeting on January 9, 2017 (see below for agenda and link to December draft).



For more information, please contact Dan Albrecht, CCRPC Senior Planner, at (802) 846-4490 x *29.



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Working with municipalities and other entities, the Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazards Mitigation Plan was first drafted and approved in 2005 and then updated and re-approved in 2011. These updates comply with federal rules and guidance for hazard mitigation planning. The CCRPC submitted draft plans for the region and most municipalities to Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for their review and approval. Once these agencies approved the plans, the CCRPC asked each municipality to adopt the county-wide plan and the relevant municipal annex. The current Multi-Jurisdictional Plan and the individual Municipal All-Hazards Mitigation Plans are in effect through August 8, 2016 but must be updated and resubmitted prior to that date to maintain the eligibility of Chittenden County’s municipalities for FEMA grants and for minimizing the municipal share associated with repairs to municipal infrastructure in the event of a FEMA-declared disaster.