brownfields, environmental, Municipal Planning
Stone Environmental, Inc. (Stone) was retained by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) to perform an Area-Wide Assessment (AWA) of the Village Center zoning district in Essex Junction, Vermont utilizing funds provided through a Brownfields Assessment Grant from United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The overall objective of the AWA was to provide a preliminary evaluation of environmental conditions and potential environmental concerns within the assessment area; this information will help inform planning for the Crescent Connector road project and potential redevelopment in the zoning district. To accomplish this objective, Stone reviewed pertinent historical documents, published geologic literature, Federal and State environmental databases, and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation VT DEC Sites Management Section (SMS) files for known hazardous waste sites within and immediately upgradient of the Village Center zoning district (collectively the Project Area). This AWA relies on existing sources of information; no environmental sampling or on-site inspections were conducted.