MEET THE STAFF!
Betsy Brown has returned to the City of South Burlington after a 10 year stint as a stay at home parent. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Geography after which she spent 6 years living and working in the Boston area. She returned to Vermont in 2003, working for the City of South Burlington as Planning & Zoning Assistant until her daughter was born in early 2009. In January of 2019, Betsy came back to the City to work on special projects and was hired as a permanent part-time Planning & Zoning Assistant in October of 2019 and transitioned to full time in April of 2021. She greets visitors to the department with a friendly face, is leading the department’s digitization efforts (Laserfiche), and assists members of the department with any administrative needs as well as continue to update information into Laserfiche. In her free time, Betsy enjoys downhill skiing and exploring the back roads of Vermont with her family.
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.
Dalila Hall, AICP
Administrative Officer (802) 846-4106
Dalila joined the Planning and Zoning Department as the Zoning Administrator in the Fall of 2018. She has previously worked as a planner in both the private and public sector. Prior to joining the South Burlington Planning team, she was employed at New York City’s Department of Transportation working on transportation planning studies, project management, policy, community engagement and procurement and budgeting. She is a native Texan and received her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She continued her graduate studies at the Pratt Institute’s Master’s Program for Urban & Regional Planning where she focused on advocacy planning and historic preservation. In her free time, she enjoys exploring all that Vermont has to offer especially the local food. She loves container gardening, taking walks with her Chihuahua and playing with her cats.
Marla 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.
City Planner (802) 846-4106
Kelsey joined the Planning & Zoning Department as City Planner in the Fall of 2021 and primarily supports the Planning Commission’s work and works on the Planning & Zoning Department’s planning projects. Previously, she worked for six years as an attorney based in Concord, New Hampshire and is happy to come back home to Vermont. She holds a JD from the University of Colorado, an MA in Geography from the University of Guelph, and a BA from Brown University.