2018 ECOS Plan

SOON: Draft 2018 ECOS Plan Available for Public Review & Comment

Please stay tuned for the next public participation opportunity in mid-January 2018.

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is embarking on the 2018 ECOS Plan, an update to the 2013 ECOS Plan. This update will focus mainly on updates to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, and will serve as the Region’s Enhanced Energy Plan. The CCRPC’s Long-Range Planning Committee will lead this effort, along with assistance from sub-committees and the Transportation Advisory Committee. Additionally, the Transportation Demand Model is being updated to enhance to region’s travel forecasting capabilities and to inform the transportation sections of the Plan.


2013 ECOS Plan »
Updates to Energy (Regional Energy Plan – REP) »
Updates to Economy (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy – CEDS) »
Updates to Transportation (Metropolitan Transportation Plan – MTP) »
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Regional Energy Plan

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is developing a Regional Energy Plan to advance the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan’s climate and energy goals while also being consistent with municipal and regional plans. The Regional Energy Plan will also help to implement the recent legislation (Act 174) to improve the siting of renewable energy projects by giving towns and regions a greater voice in the Section 248 process. This will be incorporated into the 2018 ECOS Plan.

Below is a draft of the enhanced energy plan that was submitted to the Department of Public Service for review in June 2017, as well as a visual overview and full draft for public review (10/31/17-11/22/17). Over the next few months, we will continue to work with our municipalities and our Board on finalizing the enhanced energy plan and to meet the Energy Planning Standards for Regional Plans. Our goal is to finalize this draft in December 2017.

Draft text, data and maps are available below.

For questions or comments about the Regional Energy Plan, contact Melanie Needle.


Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Chittenden County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The CEDS should analyze the regional economy and serve as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, developing and implementing a regional plan of action, and identifying investment priorities and funding sources.

A CEDS integrates a region’s human and physical capital planning in the service of economic development. Integrated economic development planning provides the flexibility to adapt to global economic conditions and fully utilize the region’s unique advantages to maximize economic opportunity for its residents by attracting the private investment that creates jobs for the region’s residents.

A CEDS must be the result of a continuing economic development planning process developed with broad-based and diverse public and private sector participation, and must set forth the goals and objectives necessary to solve the economic development problems of the region and clearly define the metrics of success.

Finally, a CEDS provides a useful benchmark by which a regional economy can evaluate opportunities with other regions in the national economy.

Below is the draft CEDS, as well as a short visual overview, both of which were out for public review and comment from 11/17/17-12/8/17.

For questions or comments about the CEDS, contact Emily Nosse-Leirer.


Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Metropolitan Planning Organizations, like the CCRPC, are required by Federal law to develop a long range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) at least every five years. This document must include the strategies, actions and projects that will lead to “an integrated multimodal transportation system to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.” Federal funds cannot be used for projects and services unless they are consistent with an adopted long range plan. The MTP must also be financially constrained by the reasonably expected level of transportation funding.

The following two documents were available for public review and comment from December 18, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

For questions or comments about the MTP, contact Peter Keating.



Throughout the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, there will be a number of ways to participate in the 2018 ECOS Plan process and to share your feedback. If you have any general questions, or anything you wish to share in the meantime, please contact the CCRPC at info@ccrpcvt.org.