Malletts Bay Initiative Stormwater & Transportation Project

The Malletts Bay Initiative Stormwater & Transportation Project is being advanced by the Town of Colchester with assistance from the CCRPC. It will include the development of a comprehensive stormwater management system for Malletts Bay and its upland watersheds, along with scoping studies for pedestrian/bike improvements on West Lakeshore Drive between Prim Road and Blakely Road and capacity improvements at the signalized intersection of East/West Lakeshore Drive and Blakely Road. This project will enhance the surrounding area by identifying mobility and safety enhancements for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, while at the same time addressing the stormwater pollutant loading from the project area and surrounding watersheds.

The study builds upon the Town of Colchester’s Malletts Bay Initiative, that engaged the community in refining the vision for Malletts Bay Village. This study will help to implement the community’s vision for the Bay by focusing on stormwater and transportation management.

This study presents a truly unique opportunity to collaboratively address improvements to stormwater management in this sensitive area to protect Malletts Bay and Lake Champlain, the issues that result from the current roadway and infrastructure configurations, and identify solutions that enhance the overall accessibility for all modes of transportation.

The study began in November 2016 and will be completed in October 2017.



Study Area

Base Map »
Base Map – West Lakeshore Drive »


Public Participation

The CCRPC Public Participation Plan, the foundation for all CCRPC public engagement efforts, uses a Spectrum of Engagement as the framework to determine and categorize the level of effort appropriate for agency activities. Depending on the size and scope of the project, the level of public engagement can range from “Inform” to “Empower.” Each Activity has minimum public participation requirements. The Spectrum of Engagement identifies the various methods that may be used to engage the public in CCRPC activities. Scoping studies like the Malletts Bay Initiative Stormwater & Transportation Project “inform” the public.

The public engagement plan for the Malletts Bay Initiative Stormwater & Transportation Project will support the Social Community goal in the 2013 ECOS Plan: “Promote the skills, resources, and assurance needed for all community members to participate in the workforce and in their family, civic and cultural lives, within and among their neighborhoods, and in the larger community.” The ECOS Plan is the combined Regional Plan, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Chittenden County. This Plan is the culmination of almost two years of dedicated work from our municipalities, over 45 organizations, and residents. The Public Engagement Plan will also support Strategy 8 of the ECOS Plan: “Ensure that the projects and actions in all ECOS strategies assess equity impacts, and that the design and development of programs are inclusive of all and engage underrepresented populations.”

In order to accomplish these goals, the Malletts Bay Initiative Stormwater & Transportation Project will include three public meetings (two stand-alone and one at the Colchester Selectboard) and this dedicated project website. The purpose of the public meetings is to gather meaningful input from and disseminate information to elected officials, area residents, businesses, institutions, and other stakeholders. Information from these meeting will be used to plan for more efficient, safe travel in the corridor for all users while maintaining and improving water quality in Malletts Bay.

The study is sponsored by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the Town of Colchester.

Public Meeting # 1: January 19, 2017, 6:30pm Open House, 7:00pm Presentation – Colchester Town Offices, 781 Blakely Road
The meeting is an opportunity to hear from community members about issues and concerns in the corridor. The consultant team will provide an introduction to the study, an overview of the decision-making process, schedule, participation opportunities, and existing conditions.

Public Meeting # 2: September 26, 2017, 6:30pm – Colchester Town Offices, 781 Blakely Road
The meeting will include a presentation of design alternatives for public consideration and comment.

Public Meeting # 3: Expected October 2017 – Hosted by the Colchester Selectboard
The meeting will include a presentation of the preferred alternatives to the Selectboard for adoption.

Study Documents


Advisory Committee

The role of the Advisory Committee is to represent a range of perspectives; review study materials and provide feedback; communicate with and provide updates to their organizations/constituents; and participate in developing the vision, goals, options, and recommendations. Ultimately, the Selectboard will consider and endorse the final recommendations of the Study.

Advisory Committee Members:

  • Eleni Churchill, CCRPC
  • Sarah Hadd, Colchester Planning & Zoning
  • Bryan Osborne, Colchester Dept. of Public Works
  • Warner Rackley, Colchester Dept. of Public Works

CCRPC Project Manager: Marshall Distel, 802-846-4490 x *26,



This project is being managed by Marshall Distel of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Please direct all comments, concerns, and questions to him:

Marshall DistelTransportation Planner
Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, VT 05404
802-846-4490 x *26,

Consultant Team

Technical evaluation, conceptual planning, public meeting facilitation, and project task coordination will be undertaken by a team of consultants. The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission will provide overall project management and day-to-day guidance to the consultant team with the Advisory Committee providing strategic direction for the project. The consultant team consists of the following firms:

VHB | VHB is an internationally respected planning, engineering and management consulting firm with a history of successful collaboration with the CCRPC, VTrans, and other agencies in Vermont and across New England. VHB will lead conceptual planning, conduct technical evaluations and manage the consultant team. | Consultant Team Project Manager: David Saladino, Managing Director, VHB, 802.497.6100

Third Sector Associates | Since 1992, Third Sector Associates has provided public involvement and community development assistance to Vermont nonprofits and government agencies. Third Sector Associates is located in Burlington and will assist with public meeting logistics and facilitation. Third Sector’s experience includes public engagement work for transportation planning agencies, towns, and large nonprofit organizations. | Public Engagement Consultant: Diane Meyerhoff, 802.865.1794

Stone Environmental | Stone Environmental is a Montpelier based environmental consulting and field service business consisting of a team of over 40 engineers, scientists, modelers, technicians, and support staff. This experienced team specializes in water resource management and retrofitting stormwater best management practices in communities all across Vermont. | Project Team Leader: Amy Macrellis, 802.229.1884

Aldrich + Elliott | Aldrich + Elliott has been providing personal, responsive, quality water resource engineering services from their Essex office since 1995. They are made up of a team of dedicated engineers, technicians, and support staff whose goal is to provide the best and most environmentally friendly engineering services to clients across the state. | Project Team Leader: Wayne Elliott, PE, 802.879.7733 x103