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VISION Plan for the maintenance, management, and development of critical infrastructure to optimize quality of life, while nurturing responsible and sustainable residential, business, and community growth. The Town will demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship and infrastructure resilience for the benefit and safety of all, so that Colchester can thrive in a rapidly changing world. Critical infrastructure encompasses clean water, wastewater, energy, transportation, storm water, and communications systems.

GOAL Utilities should support and enable the Town’s land use plans.

OBJECTIVE The Town supports improvements to communication infrastructure so that all residents, government services, businesses, and the like can take advantage of existing and developing technologies. The Town should take the initiative to interact and collaborate regionally for improved critical infrastructure.

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SEWAGE Colchester relies upon on-site wastewater disposal systems to serve the majority of its development, with municipal sewer only available within the higher density and targeted growth areas of Exit 16, Severance Corners, and Fort Ethan Allen (Route 15) neighborhoods. Breezy Acres and Hillcrest mobile home parks on Roosevelt and the Creek Farm Plaza are served by municipal sewer through private funding to provide environmental remediation. This collection system is owned and maintained by the Town of Colchester. A historic portion of Fort Ethan Allen flows to the tri-town sewage treatment plant in Essex and the Morehouse Drive area that is served by the City of Winooski. Appendices Map 7 details the sewer system service area. Over 5,400 individual onsite wastewater systems exist within the Town. A functioning, fully complying, onsite system can provide suitable sewage treatment when properly maintained. This Town, therefore, has an interest in ensuring that these onsite systems are kept in good shape. In the past a sewage treatment plant within Colchester was operated on the Winooski River by Fire District One until the 1980s, when it was converted into a pump station serving just the Fort neighborhood. An agreement was reached with the City of South Burlington to provide 650,000 gallons per day (g.p.d.) of wastewater treatment capacity for Colchester, with 340,000 gallons of this allocation controlled by the Town and 310,000 controlled by Fire District One. The old plant provided limited

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Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan  

The Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan is the long-term (20+ year) plan for the community that, while primarily focusing on land use, provi...

Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan  

The Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan is the long-term (20+ year) plan for the community that, while primarily focusing on land use, provi...