ECOS Regional Plan
2018 ECOS Plan Adopted
The CCRPC adopted the 2018 ECOS Plan on June 20, 2018 following two years of analysis and public outreach.
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission has been producing a Regional Plan to protect the County’s resources and to guide its development since 1976. Beginning in 2010, as the result of a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Project (with co-sponsorship from the EPA and U.S. DOT), the format of the Regional Plan was largely reworked and expanded to include the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Combining these three plans into one has allowed the County to agree on common objectives and to collaborate across sectors on coordinated agendas of action. This combined effort resulted in the creation of the 2013 Chittenden County ECOS Plan. ECOS stands for Environment, Community, Opportunity, and Sustainability. The 2018 ECOS Plan has now been amended and adopted on June 20, 2018.
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2018 ECOS Plan update
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) adopted the 2018 ECOS Plan on June 20, 2018, an update to the 2013 ECOS Plan.
This 2018 update focused mainly on updates to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and will serve as the Region’s Enhanced Energy Plan. The CCRPC’s Long-Range Planning Committee led this effort, along with assistance from sub-committees and the Transportation Advisory Committee. Additionally, the Transportation Demand Model was updated to enhance to region’s travel forecasting capabilities and to inform the transportation sections of the Plan. For more information about the plan and public process, visit: http://www.ecosproject.com/2018-ecos-plan/
2050 Demographic and Employment Forecasts
Vermont Statute requires that all plans shall be based upon surveys of existing conditions and probable future trends, and shall be made in the light of present and future growth and requirements (24 VSA §4302(d)). Therefore, CCRPC has historically prepared future demographic and employment forecasts for the Regional Plan and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. As we prepare for the 2018 update of the ECOS Plan, we need to update the county’s population, housing, and employment projections. More specifically, forecasts are needed as inputs to the Energy Plan and to the Travel Demand Model which will have implications for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. RSG and Economic & Policy Resources (EPR) are working with CCRPC to develop a 2050 forecast for the county and municipalities. The forecast includes predictions for population, households, and total employment.
Thank you to all who submitted comments. A compilation of the comments and the associated responses is found here.
2050 Forecasts, Approved by CCRPC Board 3/22/2017
February 15, 2017 Board Presentation
Initial Draft 2050 Forecasts
Memos from the Consultants
- October 7, 2016 – EPR »
- December 2, 2016 – EPR »
- January 6, 2017 – EPR »
- February 8, 2017 – EPR »
- February 8, 2017 – RSG »
- February 10, 2017 -EPR »
- March 8, 2017 – EPR »
current & Previous Chittenden County Regional Plans
The current ECOS Regional Plan was adopted on June 20, 2018.
- 2018 Regional Plan – Current (Adopted June 20, 2018) »
- 2013 Regional Plan (Amended June 6, 2016) »
- 2006 Regional Plan »
- 2001 Regional Plan »
- 1996 Regional Plan »
- 1976 Regional Plan »
ECOS Annual Report & Data Scorecard
In an effort to track progress made on all ECOS goals, the ECOS Partnership monitors 90+ indicators over the year and compiles the ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County, a summary that highlights a number of regional trends and accomplishments. A detailed ECOS Annual Report & online data Scorecard is released every February. The online data Scorecard promotes easy and efficient access to the 90+ indicators that measure how Chittenden County is doing with regard to achieving ECOS goals related to people, place, and prosperity.
- To access all ECOS Annual Reports and view the online data Scorecard, visit the ECOS website »
ECOS ANALYSIS REPORTS
The second phase in developing the ECOS Plan was to produce data and analysis in order to improve the common understanding in our community with regards to economic development, housing, energy, land use and transportation, natural resources, public health, and education. The information from these reports was used to help establish indicators and key issues found in Chapter 2 of the ECOS Plan. However, the ECOS Plan itself does not include the depth of data and information that can be found in each of the Analysis Reports.
- View the ECOS Analysis Reports on Economy, Environment, Energy, Education, Health, Housing, and Land Use / Transportation »
In addition to the data that can be found in these reports, you can locate any place in Chittenden County with the ECOS Online Map and learn about the built environment, natural areas, and other social and economic information.
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