TRORC Regional Plan
The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Plan is a policy statement on appropriate development, improvement and conservation of the Region’s physical and human resources, consistent with the elements and goals of V.S.A. Title 24, Chapter 117. Its purpose is to give guidance to the Regional Commission itself, as well as developers, municipalities and other political subdivisions in the Region, and the State of Vermont.
This Plan is an expression of values and a vision for growth and management for the next eight years. It is not a static or inflexible document. TRORC, with the involvement and participation of the public, has and will continue to periodically review and update this Plan to reflect new conditions and needs. The current Regional Plan became effective October 13, 2015. The 2015 Regional Plan revisions updated the chapters on Transportation, Emergency Management, Utilities and Facilities, Education, and Economic Development. Previous to that, the Regional Plan was last updated in 2014 focusing on Housing and Flood Resilience.
Adoption of the Plan does not change the structure or role of local or State government. The Plan has no regulatory authority of its own, but it is used by the District Environmental Commission in Act 250 development review and by the Public Service Board in Section 248 reviews of energy projects, as well as by us during review regional review of town plans. The Plan strengthens local planning by providing detailed information on growth and its impacts; facilitates cooperation among local governments on issues that transcend town boundaries such as flooding, energy, and transportation; and provides a regional voice on State and federal initiatives. Adoption of the Plan commits TRORC its staff and program resources to achieving its goals and documents the support of the Region’s towns for the principles contained within its chapters.
Regional Plan Updates ~ 2017
The latest revisions to the Plan have been drafted through 2016 and 2017 to amend several chapters and add an entirely new chapter on Healthy Communities. Public forums and hearings have been held on the amendments and the Plan is now up for adoption by the TRORC Board of Directors.
The final hearing’s Public Notice outlines the section headings of the Regional Plan chapters that have amendments proposed. The draft chapters are below:
- Healthy Communities
- History and Development
- Implementation Matrix
- Working Landscape
Energy Implementation Plan:
Also proposed for adoption is the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Energy Implementation Plan (to be adopted by reference as part of the Regional Plan) and related appendices. This includes:
Energy Implementation Plan Appendices
- Appendix A TRORC LEAP Outputs and Methods
- Appendix B Energy Mapping
- Appendix C Energy Targets
- Appendix D Guide to Farming Friendly Solar
If you would like to order a hard copy of the plan (which includes the Regional Transportation Plan), or a USB Drive with the files below, please call us at 802-457-3188. Prices include postage.
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Download Regional Plan
The Regional Plan and associated maps are available for download below. Please be aware that the files are large and can take a long time to download over a slow connection. The Regional Plan file is 6.5 MB and most of the maps are 5 MB or smaller.
- 2015 TRORC Regional Plan
- Appendix A: East Central Vermont Park and Ride Needs Analysis
- Appendix B: Special Road Designations
- Appendix C:
- Appendix D: Regional Transportation Projects List
- Appendix E: Housing Chapter Tables
- Appendix F: Housing Needs in East Central Vermont
- Appendix G: Vermont Affordable Housing Organizations
- Appendix H: TRORC Regional Forest Stewardship Report
- Appendix I: Flood Events in the Past 100 Years
- Appendix J: TRORC Region Flood Hazard and Fluvial Erosion Hazard Areas
- Appendix K: Plan Implementation Matrix
Regional Plan Maps (optimized for “11X17” printing)
- #1 – Generalized 2002 Land Cover
- #2 – Regional Development Patterns
- #3 – Historic, Downtown & Village Districts
- #4 – Future Land Use Areas
- #5 – Soil Ratings for Onsite Septic Suitability
- #6 – Prime, Statewide and Local Agricultural Soils
- #7 – Significant Natural Resources
- #8 – Topographic Constraints
- #9 – Watersheds, Basins and Dams
- #10 – NPDES, Superfund, Impaired Waters and Surface Water Classifications
- #11 – Source Protection Areas and Sewer & Water Systems
- #12- Regionally Significant Transportation Facilities
- #13 – Governmental and Educational Facilities
- #14 – Healthcare Facilities
- #15 – Telecommunications Facilities, Electrical Utilities and Electric Lines
Map Viewer of Regional Future Land Use areas
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Focused maps of the Regional Plan’s Future Land Use areas for towns, villages, and hamlet settlements are available under each Member Towns page.