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Special Meeting on Floodplain Regulations on August 6

Interested in offering feedback on the Colchester Planning Commission’s regulations governing lakefront and floodplain development?

The commission, which hopes to hear how the rebuilding process has worked in Colchester since the 2011 flood, will host a meeting on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kirker Community Room at the Colchester Police Department, located at 835 Blakely Road. The meeting is open to all, and all citizens are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts.

Flooding at or above 102 feet in elevation is considered a 100-year flood by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). In May 2011, the lake level rose above 103 feet, damaging many lakefront camps and homes. In recovering from the flood, many of the damaged structures were rebuilt, new seawalls were put into place, and many properties and the overall shoreline of Colchester underwent significant changes.

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The Champlain Marina sustained significant damage. Photo courtesy of Denise Johnson-Terk.
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The causeway was devastated by the flooding. Photo courtesy of the Town of Colchester’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The Colchester Planning Commission is responsible for implementing local regulation changes, and it is reaching out to the community to learn whether current regulations are working or if changes should be considered. “I would like to encourage anyone who has concerns or questions regarding the shoreline, whether it be flooding, aesthetics, or development, to attend this meeting. The Colchester Planning Commission has the ability to amend and implement policies regarding our shoreline, and we are very interested in citizens’ input,” said commission chairwoman Pam Loranger.

Those who cannot attend the meeting are encouraged to send correspondence to Sarah Hadd at shadd@colchestervt.gov or by mail:

Colchester Planning Commission
PO Box 55
Colchester, VT 05446

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