Upcoming: Public Hearing on Ballot Funding Question for the Garden Street Connection (Segment A & Segment C)
Public Hearing by the South Burlington City Council: Tuesday, January, 19, 2021, 7 P.M.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the South Burlington City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 19, at 7 P.M. to present information and to hear public comment on a potential ballot question concerning issuance by the City of general obligation debt and the pledging of the City’s full faith and credit in support of capital improvements within the City Center Tax Increment Financing District (TIF District) and related costs.
The specific improvements expected to be constructed with the bond proceeds are Garden Street (at Dorset Street and the connector to Midas Drive) as well as related costs. The ballot question under consideration by the City Council, if approved, is expected to be presented for a public vote on March 2, 2021.
Shall the City Council be authorized to pledge the credit of the City and to borrow up to Four Million Two Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Dollars ($4,002,550) in order to build Vermont Economic Progress Council-approved City Center Tax Increment Financing District (TIF District) public infrastructure and capital improvements, specifically: engineering and construction of the Garden Street Project between Dorset Street and Williston Road and the upgrade of intersections at White Street/Midas Drive and Hinesburg Road/Patchen Road together with associated site work and project costs, and to pay related costs, specifically, approval for reimbursement of TIF eligible related costs incurred in the establishment, implementation and administration of the TIF District? To date, the cumulative amount of voter approved City Center TIF debt is $25,400,000.
What is the vision for Garden Street?
To create a new street for South Burlington that supports a downtown with a walking, biking, and transit friendly lifestyle.
Where is the Garden Street Project?
Garden Street is a proposed support street for City Center and creates an alternative connection between Dorset Street and Williston Road as a cross street to Market Street. This project includes intersection improvements at Williston and White Street and Williston and Hinesburg Road:
What is the process?
The design for this project will take multiple years. It started with a public outreach workshop and walkabout to receive your thoughts and ideas. The Planning Commission has considered and approved a purpose and need statement. You, your neighbors, businesses, property owners and others input has been invited to consider alternatives.
A recommended alignment and typicals were presented to the City Council and a the Garden Street Prefered Alignment and Typicals were approved.
Williston Road intersection short and long term improvements and typical for Midas Street were presented to the City Council and these preferred alternative recommendations were approved. Once the concept for this project had been approved by the City Council, the project team began to develop the engineering for the plans.
Most recently, the City Council approved Notice of Survey for the Williston Road intersection portion - this initiates the process to evaluate what right-of-way might specifically be needed to build the planned improvements.
Project materials to date:
Project Definition Report - The report details existing conditions and community input; provides analyses of the alternatives and presents recommended actions. The City's lead consultant presented the final Project Definition Report to the City Council on February 17, 2016. The City Council adopted the typical section and alignment recommendations in a resolution on April 6, 2015 and the Williston Road intersection and Midas Street Drive resolution on February 17, 2016.
Project Alternatives Phase 2 - Stakeholder outreach was conducted with adjacent landowners regarding potential alternatives for the Williston Road intersections and Midas Drive. Refined Project Alternatives were presented for the Williston Road intersections at White and Midas Drive and Patchen and Hinesburg Road. These were presented to the public in a meeting in November 2015 and online as well as in stakeholder meetings, and tested against the purpose and need statement in 2015. A recommendation was presented to the City Council in and adopted by resolution on February 17, 2016.
Project Alternatives Phase 1 - Project Alternatives were presented for the section of roadway between the bridge at Pier 1 and Midas Drive including the typical section and width. These were presented to the public in a meeting and online as well as in stakeholder meetings, and tested against the purpose and need statement in 2014/2015.
Planning Commission Adopted Purpose and Need Statement 10/14/2014 - Planning Commission adopted the Purpose & Need statement - The purpose and need statement is the guiding document representing the community interest and needs. Project alternative concepts and design advances are tested against this document.
Garden Street Kick-Off Workshop 9/10/2014 - The consultant team met with the community to share the project status, learn about your ideas, vision and thoughts. It included a pre-workshop walkabout at Midas Drive and the Williston Road intersections. See the Project Map.
- Group Workshop Notes - Each table of workshop participants discussed and made comments on the future of Garden Street. The notes are a record of this brainstorming. Read Notes.
- Best Ideas Generated - At the end of the workshop, after each group reported their comments, each person was asked what the best idea that they had heard was. This is a record of the best ideas participants heard. Read Best Ideas.
Project Consultant Team
The City contracted with Stantec Consulting, an engineering firm, to lead the project in 2014. The team includes Greenman-Pedersen, Inc (formerly ORW), a landscape design and planning firm, and Chester Engineering (formerly BioEngineering Group). This consultant team will carry the project through project definition, engineering/project design, and permitting.
More Info or Have Comments?
We want to hear from you! Please contact Ilona Blanchard, Project Director at 802-846-4107.