StopTheCirc.com -- now available on the Web at http://www.stopthecirc.com --
gets to the heart of the controversial Chittenden County Circ Highway by
countering the 10 most often cited arguments in favor of building the
highway (see end for a list of the 10 "Circ Myths").
StopTheCirc.com also provides a variety of interactive ways for learning
about the Circ Highway and its impacts:
-- Take a short quiz to test your knowledge about the Circ.
-- Check out the Circ Highway "Strange, but True, Facts."
-- Come along on a photo tour of the Circ right-of-way to see what will be
lost if the Circ is completed (and meet Walter the donkey along the way).
-- The Circ & its environmental impacts.
-- Why fiscal conservatives should be alarmed by the Circ.
-- Find out how you can help efforts to stop the Circ.
StopTheCirc.com is not affiliated with any organization or business:
www.StopTheCirc.com has been independently developed by Wayne Senville,
former Chair of the Burlington Planning Commission and Vermont "citizen
planner of the year." According to Senville, "Many citizens have given up on
fighting the Circ, even though they realize it will be extraordinarily
expensive to complete, and most likely the biggest sprawl-inducing
transportation project in Vermont. Fortunately, there's still a window of
opportunity for stopping the Circ. One aim of this Web site is to help
energize people to fight the Circ, whether by contacting their state rep,
speaking to their selectboard, or signing our online petition to the
As Senville adds, "The Circ will lock Chittenden County into an even more
auto-dependent pattern for years to come. The Chittenden County Metropolitan
Planning Organization is advocating spending a growing proportion of our
limited transportation funds for new highway construction -- the number one
beneficiary being the Circ. Instead of taking steps to decrease our
dependence on imported oil, we're increasing our vulnerability."
Some of What You'll Find on StopTheCirc.com:
Myth: The Circ will not have any adverse environmental impacts.
Reality Check: The Circ will continue to promote Chittenden County's growing
auto-dependency, and lead to an even more sprawling land development
pattern. The Circ will also result in increased air and water pollution, and
will adversely affect remaining portions of the County's threatened sand
Myth: Spending an additional $108 million on the Circ (for a total Circ cost
in excess of $184 million) will not affect spending on other important
transportation projects in the State and in Chittenden County.
Reality Check: The Circ will be consuming a large share of the State and
County's transportation funds. This money won't be available for other, more
effective uses like needed road and bridge repairs, bike and pedestrian
projects, and improved public transit. Learn about what won't be
accomplished because of the Circ, and review public survey results which
show that Vermonters prefer their transportation dollars be spent on road
and bridge repairs, bike paths, and safety -- not on new highways.
You'll find much more about these and other "Circ Myths" on
www.StopTheCirc.com -- plus pages of resource information to help you better
understand and evaluate the impacts this highway project will have.
About Wayne M. Senville:
Since 1991, Wayne M. Senville has been publisher and editor of the Planning
Commissioners Journal (www.plannersweb.com), the principal national
publication for “citizen planners” -- including members of town, city, and
regional planning commissions. Prior to that, he served as Director of Local
& Regional Planning Assistance in the Vermont Department of Housing &
Senville also served as a member of the Burlington Planning Commission from
1991 through 1999, including three years as its Chair. For his service on
the Burlington Planning Commission, he was selected, two years ago, by both
the Vermont Planners Association & the Northern New England Chapter of the
American Planning Association as “citizen planner of the year.” His
educational background includes a Law degree from the University of
Minnesota (1976), and a Masters degree in City Planning from the University
of Pennsylvania (1982).
Ten "Myths" about the Circ Highway:
Myth #1. There are no realistic alternatives to building the Circ Highway in
order to deal with increased traffic congestion in Chittenden County.
Myth #2. The Circ is part of an "integrated solution" to transportation
planning in Chittenden County.
Myth #3. The Circ will relieve congestion at key intersections in Williston
and Essex, and along
Myth #4. Unlike other major "beltway" road projects across the United
States, the Circ will not lead to increased sprawl.
Myth #5. Spending an additional $108 million on the Circ (for a total Circ
cost in excess of $184 million) will not affect spending on other important
transportation projects in the State and County.
Myth #6. The Circ will not have any adverse environmental impacts.
Myth #7. The Circ is essential to Chittenden County's future economic
Myth #8. The Circ is the only way to meet the needs of IBM in Essex
Myth #9. Those who oppose the Circ are a small minority, out on the fringe,
who would oppose any project that promotes economic development in
Myth #10. It's too late to stop the Circ Highway.
If you have any questions, contact Wayne Senville, [log in to unmask]