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Ray Belair, Administrative OfficerRaymond Belair
Administrative Officer              (802) 846-4106
Ray grew up in Newport, VT and White River Junction, VT.  He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1974 with a B.A. in Geography.  Ray worked for the South Burlington Water Department after graduation and was subsequently transferred to the Planning and Zoning Department.  In August 1976 he took the position of Administrative Officer for the Town of Hartford, VT.  In 1990 he took the position of Planning and Zoning Assistant with the City of South Burlington.  In 1999 he was appointed Administrative Officer. Ray is the principal contact for permitting in the department, including zoning and signs, as well as providing technical assistance to the Development Review Board.

Paul Conner, Director
Paul Conner, AICP
Director of Planning & Zoning      (802) 846-4106
Paul joined the City of South Burlington in August 2008 and serves as Director of Planning & Zoning. He oversees the work of the Department, provides direct staff support to the Planning Commission, and is involved in a wide variety of planning projects including updates to the City Plan and Land Use and Development Regulations, transportation projects, water quality work, and establishment of South Burlington’s City Center and associated smart growth programs. In September 2017, Paul was named the City's Chief Sustainability Officer. Paul joined the City following a stint as a Senior Strategic Planner with the firm of Environmental Planning & Design, LLC, out of Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to that, he worked as a Regional Planner with the Rutland Regional Planning Commission in Rutland, VT. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Paul has a Masters in Urban Planning from McGill University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Paul also serves on the board of the Vermont Planners Association.

Marla KeeneMarla Keene, PE
Development Review Planner         (802) 846-4106

Marla joined the Planning & Zoning Department in the summer of 2017 and serves as the principal planner for projects before the Development Review Board. She brings 12 years of civil engineering consulting experience in Massachusetts and Vermont for an array of public and private sector clients.  Her professional passions include finding the intersection of permit compliance and project success, and all aspects of stormwater management. She holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Cathyann Photo 2017Cathyann LaRose, AICP
City Planner             (802) 846-4106
Cathyann is the City Planner, providing project leadership on a variety of long-range planning projects. She began her position with the City of South Burlington in the spring of 2005. Cathyann serves as staff support to the Planning Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, and other special working groups. She holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in  Geography, specializing in Economic Development and Community Planning from the University of Connecticut.  She has worked for the Windham Regional Council of Governments in Willimantic, CT and for the University of Connecticut.  She is a member of the Vermont Planners Association, previously serving as Vice President. Cathyann lives in Williston with her family where she also serves as the biggest fan for her two boys.