Regional Planning Commission
Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
Ascutney Professional Building
P.O. Box 320
Ascutney, VT 05030
Katie St. Martin, Administration Assistant
The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission is an organization that serves the ten towns in the southern Windsor County Region. Member towns are comprised of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, Reading, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor. SWCRPC’s mission includes two major activities: assisting member towns with their planning and other community related activities, and promoting cooperation and coordination among towns.
During FY 2008, member towns contributed 4% to the Regional Planning Commission’s annual budget of $719,032. Town dues assessment was based on $1.00 per person using 2000 census data, which for the Town of Chester was $3,044.00. The remaining revenues were derived from Federal and State funding sources: Federal funding supported transportation planning activities and the administration of Community Development Block Grants; State funds were derived from the Agency of Natural Resources for environmental planning, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for land use planning and other related activities.
The Southern Windsor County Transportation Advisory Committee (SWCTAC) is an advisory committee of the Regional Planning Commission. The SWCTAC’s primary responsibilities are to make recommendations on regional transportation policies, review and provide comment on VT Agency of Transportation projects, identify and rank town/regional transportation improvements for submission to VAOT, and provide input on regional transportation studies.
In addition to providing ongoing technical assistance to member towns, in the last year, the Regional Planning Commission provided technical assistance to the Chester Planning Commission in land use, zoning, transportation, emergency management, and environmental planning. The Regional Planning Commission also assisted the Planning Commission in applying for a Municipal Planning Grant. The Regional Planning Commission provided technical assistance to the Planning Commission on revising its Town Plan and wrote a grant to evaluate transportation and land use issues along Route 103.
Annually, the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Chester appoints a representative and an alternate to the Regional Planning Commission. The RPC board is responsible for developing regional policies, providing Act 200 review of Town Plans, and facilitating cooperation amongst member towns. In FY 2008 Thomas Bock represented the Town to the Regional Planning Commission and Bruce McEnaney was the representative to the Transportation Advisory Committee.