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VISION The Town of Colchester thrives on an abundance of natural resources that have shaped the Town’s development and character and should be celebrated and embodied into its plans for the future.

GOAL Protect, preserve, and enhance Colchester’s air, water, wildlife, forests, and other natural resources to ensure a healthy environment and a viable working landscape for future generations.

OBJECTIVE Identify and plan for Colchester’s natural resources as an integral part of its land use, while improving the ecological and environmental viability.

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OVERVIEW From the shores of Malletts Bay and Lake Champlain to the adjacent wetlands, fertile uplands, and dry sandplains, Colchester has an abundance of diverse natural resources rarely found within the borders of a single town. The total land area of the Town is 24,000 acres. Approximately 12% of these lands are owned by local, state, or federal government, or by other public or not-forprofit entities. In addition to these lands, another 20% of Town land is characterized as floodplain, wetland, significant habitat site or other natural area. Colchester also contains 2,662 acres of water resources just within Malletts Bay. These varied resources provide an attractive and healthy place to live and work, yet can be challenging to manage and integrate into land-use planning. Often our natural resources are impacted by actions taken outside of Colchester. Lake Champlain is a resource managed by the State of Vermont, State of New York, Provence of Quebec, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal entities. Colchester is at the mouth of the Lamoille and Winooski Rivers, two significant watersheds that span into most of northern and central Vermont. The quality of water in Colchester is not ours to control alone. Similarly, changes to the global climate impact Colchester, but cannot be significantly affected by the efforts of Colchester alone. This chapter will describe the Town’s natural resources

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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...