The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is a constantly evolving situation that is important for all of us to be educated and updated on.
Visit our COVID-19 Resources & Information page for updates, information and resources related to the pandemic.
Welcome to the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC), formerly known as the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC)
Springfield Area Community Health Needs Assessment
Please take this brief survey and be part of the Springfield Area Community Health Needs Assessment!
Ten minutes can win you $25! Click on the link above to tell us what’s important to YOU when you think about a Healthy Springfield area. We’d love to learn about what you think makes a community healthy for you and your family! And FIVE chances to win a $25 gift card!
Pandemic Recovery Forums for the 3CVT Zone’s Creative Sector
In collaboration with the VermontCreative Network (VCN), TwoRivers- Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) is hosting two opportunities to participate in virtual forums for people and businesses in the Creative Economy that were impacted by Covid-19. Both forums will beconducted via Zoom and contain the same information.
- Hear from the TRORC, 3CVT, and VCN teams about upcoming business development training aimed at creatives.
- Connect with other people and businesses in the Creative Sector.
- Receive access to economicrecovery resources.
Windsor Stormwater Masterplan Public Engagement Meeting
The Town of Windsor is undergoing a Stormwater Master Planning process to develop strategies for design, funding, and implementation of stormwater best management practices. The project team, led by Watershed Consulting Associates, invites you to learn more about stormwater issues and possibilities in Windsor and to provide your feedback on priorities and concerns. There will be a meeting held on Monday, May 2nd from 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom. The link to join is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82217300956. Please visit the project website at SWMP Towns (arcgis.com) for more information and to take our web survey! The survey link will be open until May 20th.
New Preferred Site Policy
A new policy to clarify how MARC will handle future requests for preferred site designations was adopted by the Board of Commissioners at our December 6, 2021 meeting. Developers ask town planning commissions and selectboards, and regional planning commissions for a preferred site letter for solar projects that are subject to Vermont’s net-metering rules [Public Utility Commission Rule 5.100]. The process to do so is not laid out in statute nor the rules. This new policy documents our process and criteria for reviewing such request to make it easier and clearer for all involved in or affected by the process. Click here to read our Preferred Site Policy.
Regional Priority Project Process
The Mt. Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC) is partnering again with the Springfield Regional Development Corp. and our towns to develop a list of Priority Projects with an economic development nexus for state and federal fund eligibility. The Priority Project process is going on in each region in the state and the final product is provided to the Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD), who will share with other funders for consideration in making decisions on grant programs. For more information, see an overview, project form, and scoring matrix.
New MARC Facebook Page
In line with our recent name change, all Facebook posts from the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC) will now be located at our new Facebook page Mount Ascutney Regional Commission – MARC. Be sure to follow us there for news and updates!
Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
Our Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund has been awarded $350,000 in supplemental funding from the EPA for clean-up of contaminated sites for redevelopment.
Keys to the Valley Publishes Assessment of Homes and Toolbox of Solutions on Interactive Website
The findings and resources from the Keys to the Valley housing initiative are now publicly available on the new Keys to the Valley website. We are glad to share these resources for your contemplation, conversation, and active use when considering the many challenges facing our region’s homes. To learn more, visit https://www.keystothevalley.com.
Essentials of Land Use Planning + Regulation: Meetings, Hearings and Due Process Training Video
Check out this recent training!
Mount Ascutney Regional Commission’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund provided environmental cleanup financing and technical assistance to initiate the redevelopment of this blighted site which now produces 500 kilowatts of solar energy for the region.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly changing situation. For updated guidelines and resources, including executive orders and State information, please view our COVID-19 Resources & Information webpage.
COVID-19 Community Development Resources
During COVID-19 outbreak, please check the Agency’s web site for the Recovery Resource Center for available tools including financial assistance programs, unemployment information and a Frequently Asked Questions to help businesses and individuals navigate available resources.
• Recovery Resource Center: https://accd.vermont.gov/
• Resources for Business: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business
• Resources for Individuals: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/individuals
• Resources for Community: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/community
• For phone: 1-877-214-3330