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Draft Environmental Protection Standards - For Public Comment

April 14, 2021
The City’s volunteer Planning Commission is seeking public feedback on a proposed overhaul of the Environmental Protection Standards portion of the City Land Development Regulations.

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Help Build an Inclusive Outdoors!

April 13, 2021
The great outdoors is calling and more and more of us are out and about walking, running and hiking!

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Advancing Women in Policing - 30X30 Pledge!

April 12, 2021
The South Burlington Police Department has signed on to the 30x30 Pledge – a series of low- and no-cost actions policing agencies can take to improve the representation and experiences of women in law enforcement. 

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Be Tick Smart

April 12, 2021
As we get out and about in this delightful spring weather, please remember to protect yourself and your family from ticks.  

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April Stools

April 11, 2021
Anyone who has been out and about this early spring has been witness to the uncovering of some rather stinky behavior.  DOG POOP IS EVERYWHERE!!!

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Spring Ephemeral Prep

April 09, 2021
Spring ephemeral season is upon us, and to help you prepare for it, we want to invite you to take a look at an online tutorial that will help you identify some of the most common spring blooms that show up in our natural areas every year.

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Spring Chickens?

April 09, 2021
Spring is in the air and if you are thinking about raising chickens, we’d like you to know that you’ll need to apply for a Backyard Chicken Permit.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

April 08, 2021
Every year during the second week of April, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public


High Fire Danger Warning - Open Burning Ban

April 07, 2021
High Fire Danger Warning

With the recent week of warm, dry, windy weather a High Fire Danger Warning - open burning ban, has been posted for our area, by State ANR.

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Do I need a Permit?

April 07, 2021
Has time at home got you thinking about a home improvement project?  A bathroom re-do? Making that home office more permanent?  Creating more indoor/outdoor spaces?


Earth Day Weed Warrior Event April 24th

April 06, 2021
The City is announcing its first Weed Warrior event of the season.  Please join us to celebrate Earth Day by removing non-native invasive plants from our Underwood parcel to improve wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

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Mobile Hotspot Library Announcement

April 03, 2021

Mobile Hotspot Library Announcement
Thanks to the generosity of the T-Mobile Corporation, the South Burlington Public Library is launching a pilot mobile hotspot lending program. 


Seeking Committee and Board Members - Apply Today!

April 02, 2021
Looking to make a difference in your community?   Do you have some time, a skill, or knowledge you would like to share to work toward solving complex issues and recommending policies that help shape the kind of Community you want to live in?

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April 01, 2021

Always the first Saturday in May, this year Saturday May 1 marks 51 years of proudly continuing Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition.
Volunteers statewide will come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. 

April Stools Day at Wheeler

March 25, 2021
April 10th | 9 am | Wheeler Nature Park
Poop stinks!
Most people know that it is imperative to pick up pet waste, but participation in this unpleasant duty seems to drop off during the winter, leading to a depressing back log, as anyone walking through a city park can see. So, let’s help a neighbor out.

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SB Receives Grant Funding for Two Bicycle & Pedestrian Projects 

March 17, 2021

South Burlington Receives Grant Funding for Two Bicycle & Pedestrian Projects

The City has been awarded grant funding to supplement existing Penny for Paths funds for the design and engineering of two projects that will improve and expand upon the City’s bicycle and pedestrian network. 

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The City of South Burlington is Hiring!

March 16, 2021

The City of South Burlington is Hiring!

Looking for a Full and or Part time job?  The City of South Burlington is looking to hire part-time, full time and has Summer opportunities. 

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Join the South Burlington Library "Aspire Campaign"

March 15, 2021
Join the South Burlington Library "Aspire Campaign"

The South Burlington Library Foundation Aspire Campaign presents “Reading to Inspire,” an online author event featuring five renowned Vermont writers.

The South Burlington Library Foundation is celebrating National Library Week, April 4-10, with “Reading to Inspire,” an online author event featuring some of Vermont’s most renowned writers.

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Construction Begins at Edgewood

March 14, 2021

Construction begins at Edgewood


Ground is being broken at Edgewood (a.k.a. Cider Mill II).  The first zoning permit was recently issued by the Planning & Zoning Department for the Phase 1 infrastructure work (roadway, utilities & site work).  

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FAQ's Regarding Reappraisal

March 13, 2021
FAQ's Regarding Reappraisal

What you need to know before 2021/2022 Tax Bills are released.  

Join Director of Community Engagement & Innovation Coralee Holm as she talks with Martha Lyons from the City's Tax and Assessing Office. 

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Whose Dog or Cat will get "Top Dog or First Feline 2021"?

March 12, 2021
Whose Dog or Cat will get “Top Dog or First Feline 2021”?
We wanted to share a fun letter and picture that was sent to the City Clerk.   “Why Sage should be the Top Dog for 2021”.   

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City Reassessment Informational Forums

March 11, 2021

City Reassessment Informational Forums

Living through a re-assessment can be a stressful experience.  Today, we kick of the first of several online public forums where questions and concerns may be addressed.


Grab-and-Go Senior Meal Pickup Event

March 11, 2021

SBRP is excited to announce that we are continuing our partnership with Age Well VT for our 6th Grab-and-go event taking place this April 14th.  Age Well is covering the cost of next months 120 meals while SBRP is taking registrations, providing the staffing and facilitating the distribution of the meals.

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Book Review: The Color of Law

March 07, 2021

The Color of Law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America

By Richard Rothstein

A book review by Vince Bolduc


The South Burlington Library and the Affordable Housing Committee just concluded a two-part discussion of Richard Rothstein’s highly regarded The Color of Law.  The well-attended sessions were facilitated by Jessica Hyman of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.


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South Village Final Plats Approved

March 06, 2021

South Village Final Plats Approved


The Development Review Board last week approved MP-21-01, SD-21-02 and SD-21-03 for South Village communities.  MP-21-01 was a “clean up” master plan amendment to ratify some of the ways in which the South Village development has evolved over time.

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Public Meeting: I-89 Corridor Study

March 05, 2021

Public Meeting: I-89 Corridor Study

The City of South Burlington and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) are cosponsoring a public meeting on the Chittenden County I-89 2050 Study

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Managing Invasive Plants Using Chemical Treatment Methods

March 04, 2021
Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, for a virtual discussion of the threats posed by woody invasive plants, and how to treat them. This event is designed to provide information relevant to how herbicide could be used in the City of South Burlington as a restoration tool to protect native biodiversity at Wheeler Nature Park. Webinar is on March 17th from 6:30-7:30 pm.

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City Council Reorganizes

March 04, 2021

City Council Reorganizes

Each year after the City Annual Meeting the City Council reorganizes and elect’s leadership as well as making other appointments and designations.

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Senior Grab-and-Go Meals

March 03, 2021
SBRP is excited to announce that we are continuing our partnership with Age Well VT for two more Grab-and-Go Meal pickup events. Registration for next week's meal pick-up on March 10th ends at midnight on March 4th. For more info continue reading.


Application Period for Committee Service Opens Soon

March 03, 2021

Application Period for Committee Service Opens Soon


The City will soon begin advertising for applications to fill open seats on the various South Burlington City Committees. The City Council appoints South Burlington residents to a multitude of committees that cover areas such as planning, energy, natural resources, bike and pedestrian facilities, recreation and parks, economic development, affordable housing and more.

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SBRP Girls Lacrosse Registration Deadline Approaches

March 02, 2021
This year's SBRP Girls Lacrosse registration is quickly approaching next Wednesday, March 10th at 12:00 pm. Continue reading to see our program offerings.


Swift & Spear Feasibility Study - Take the Survey Today!

March 02, 2021

Swift & Spear Feasibility Study

The Swift & Spear Feasibility Study wants your input!  Over the next several months, the City of South Burlington, CCRPC, and their design consultants will be exploring options to improve walking, bicycling, and driving through the Swift Street / Spear Street intersection. 

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Dover Place Zoning Permit Issued

March 01, 2021

Dover Place Zoning Permit Issued

A new residential building at 324 Garden Street in City Center received its Zoning Permit from the Planning & Zoning Department this past week. 

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SBRP Annual Report - 2020

February 25, 2021
Each Department within the City is required to provide information for the comprehensive Annual Report.  This report details accomplishments, areas of opportunity as well as goals and objectives for the year ahead. 

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City Council Announces Jessie Baker Next City Manager

February 24, 2021

The South Burlington City Council is pleased to announce that Jessie Baker has been selected to serve as the next City Manager. She will join the City on June 1, 2021 providing a smooth transition as the current City Manager Kevin Dorn will retire on June 30th.


Recreation Specialist Farewell

February 23, 2021
We would like to thank Ben McShane for his nearly two years of service with the South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department and wish him well in his next adventure in sales and account management with a local company.

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Property Taxes Due - March 15th

February 23, 2021

The March 15, 2021 Tax Installment is Just Around The Corner.

In an effort to help do our part to keep everyone safe, City Hall is currently closed to the public and we are going 100% contactless for the March installment.  What does this mean? 

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Council Seeks Public Input on I-89 Corridor Study

February 23, 2021

The City Council is interested in hearing residents’ perspective on various aspects of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission’s I-89 Corridor Study and has scheduled a public forum for Thursday, March 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

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Community Leaders and Officials Meet on Mental Health

February 22, 2021

Community Leaders and Service Providers Meet to Discuss Mental Health Issues

About 50 legislators, local government officials and service providers met to receive an update on the status of the Community Outreach program and discuss areas where residents suffering from mental health crisis or addiction are still falling between the gaps in service.

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Animal Tracking Family Hike at Underwood

February 21, 2021
Underwood Family Animal Tracking Hike
The City’s Community Hike program kicked off its 2021 season with a Family Animal Tracking Hike on Saturday, February 13th, at the Underwood property.

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SB Fire and Rescue Works With Surrounding Towns/Villages

February 20, 2021

And Sometimes It Takes a Village….

In the course of an average business day, we receive 15-40 telephone inquiries, here at SBFD-Fire Station #1.


Is SoBu a Bicycle Friendly Community?

February 20, 2021

Do you think South Burlington is Bicycle-Friendly?

The Bicycle and Pedestrian committee sure do and think it's getting better and better every year

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Proposed O'Brien Hillside Neighborhood

February 19, 2021
Proposed O’Brien Hillside Neighborhood
The Development Review Board last week began their review of a preliminary plat review of a proposed subdivision and neighborhood centered on Kimball Ave and Old Farm Road.

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Virtual Discussion: Managing Invasive Plants

February 19, 2021
Whether you own a large woodlot or just a small yard, you have probably struggled with non-native invasive plants. Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, for a virtual discussion of the threats posed by woody invasive plants, and how to treat them.

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Free Tax Help

February 18, 2021
Do you or someone you know need help with their taxes? Its Free!

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Annual Meeting  and the Ballot

February 17, 2021
Need to access information on the Annual Meeting, Public Hearing, ballot items and elections. Here is a quick list of resources.

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February Grab-and-Go Senior Meal Event

February 12, 2021
This past Wednesday we held another successful (our 4th) meal pickup event at Veterans Memorial Park, handing out 75 FREE meals to older SB residents. 

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Wheeler Dog Park to Become a Reality in 2021 Construction Season

February 09, 2021
We know that dog guardians have been anxiously awaiting a new dog park.  Both volunteer committee members and staff have been busy trying to make that a reality and it is nearly here!  

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The "Ruff" Costs of the SB Dog Registration Program

February 08, 2021
As you may have seen in your most recent at home delivery of The Other Paper, there was a colorful insert from the City with updates on several items; one of them being a reminder that it is “Time to register your furry friends before the April 1, 2021 deadline.”

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A History of Dog Parks in SB

February 07, 2021

Patchen Road:

Long time South Burlington Residents may remember that the UVM land on Patchen Road used to serve as a Community Dog Park. In many ways, and ideal scenario: it had great parking, no neighbors and ample acreage for dog play and exercise needs.


It's Vermont Hot Chocolate Week

February 02, 2021
This week looks to be a great week to get outside and enjoy all that winter has to offer. Want to wrap your hands around a warm cup of hot chocolate too?


Land Stewardship During a Pandemic - Weed Warrior 2020

February 01, 2021
Stewardship of City-owned land looked very different at every level during 2020. Prior to the pandemic, staff had planned on expanding the City Weed Warrior program to the Underwood parcel and kicking that off during an April Earth Month event.


CT Title Insurance Company Dismisses Lawsuit

February 01, 2021
 In an uncommon move, the Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company (CATIC) voluntarily dismissed its controversial lawsuit against all Vermont cities and towns and their respective clerks, including the City of South Burlington and its City Clerk, Donna Kinville. 

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Council Hears Update on Re-Appraisal

January 31, 2021
The City Council got an update on the city-wide commercial and residential property re-appraisal from City Assessor Todd LeBlanc. The approximately two yearlong re-appraisal project was triggered by the Municipal and Educational Grand Lists falling to 85% of the actual market value of the aggregated properties.


Council Approves Labor Agreement

January 30, 2021
The South Burlington City Council unanimously approved a simple one-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City and the South Burlington chapter of AFSCME Local 1343 representing employees at the Department of Public Works and at City Hall.  The only significant modification of the contract was a combined “step increase” and Cost of Living (COLA) increase of 2.6%.


Proposed Lindenwood Stormwater Treatment System

January 29, 2021

The City of South Burlington- Stormwater Team is currently working on the design of detention basin to be located at the end of Lindenwood Drive, within a City-owned lot. The proposed treatment system will manage runoff from a 10.57-acre area, including 2.2 acres of impervious surface.


Dorset Street Shared Use Path Project

January 28, 2021

How we got here - Ashley Parker, City Project Manager

In 2016, the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee held a series of four meetings and surveyed residents to identify bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needs throughout the City.


Dog Recreation Task Force Begins Its Work

January 27, 2021
Staff worked through the summer and into the early fall on a framework to highlight some of the dog recreation needs in our community and outline potential steps to positive resolution outcomes.

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Library Shares Planting Seeds

January 27, 2021
The South Burlington Seed Library, a hub for local seed exchange and garden education, is up and running for 2021.


Grab-and-Go Senior Meal Pickup Event - Free

January 26, 2021
SBRP is excited to announce that we are continuing our partnership with Age Well VT for three more Grab-and-Go Meal pickup events.



January 25, 2021

The legal voters of the City of South Burlington are hereby notified and warned to meet at their respective polling places at the Chamberlin School on White Street, the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School on Dorset Street and the Orchard School on Baldwin Avenue

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Application Status and Recently Issued Permits now online

January 25, 2021

Two new features of the Planning & Zoning webpage:

  • Status of current and recent applications under review by the Development Review Board.
  • Logbook of recently issued zoning permits

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Update on Underwood Parcel

January 25, 2021
The City Council approved the acquisition of the 60-acre Underwood Parcel that fronts on both Spear Street and Nowland Farm Road in 2013.  At that point, the City undertook a visioning process in 2015 to explore the community’s interests in the parcel and establish common goals for the property.  

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SBFD Will Help with COVID Vaccination

January 24, 2021

SBFD receives State approval for Community Vaccinator Program

With the announcement of potential new vaccines to slow the spread of COVID-19, the State and Community Fire and EMS leaders began planning for the delivery of vaccines in a mass vaccination program.


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Council Approves Ballot Item for Garden Street

January 23, 2021

Council Approves Ballot Item for Garden Street

The South Burlington City Council has approved placing a question related to the connection of Garden Street to Williston Road on the north and Dorset Street on the west on the ballot for the City’s Annual Meeting on March 2nd


Proposed Budget

FY22 City Budget Presentation

January 22, 2021
FY22 City Budget Presentation (VIDEO)

As announced in the last edition of City News, the City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Municipal Budget that will now go to the voters for approval.  The budget is a 0.98% increase over last year’s tax rate, and an increase of $13.01 for the year to the average condo owner, and $18.76 increase for the year to the average homeowner.


Summer Camp Planning Underway

January 21, 2021

Although there is still snow on the ground, it is never too early to start planning for warmer weather. Our department has begun planning what will surely be another unique and fun-filled summer camp season. Take a look to see what we have in store!

Registration will begin February 1st

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Solar Array Installation Progress

January 21, 2021
In early winter, SunCommon began the rooftop photovoltaic panel installation on the new South Burlington Public Library and City Hall.   180 single-sided panels were installed on the south-facing sloped roof.  These clamp right onto the standing seam with no roof penetrations.

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Town Meeting Day & Ballots

January 19, 2021

Town Meeting Day will be Tuesday, March 2, 2021.  

Due to the pandemic, the legislature passed a bill which eliminates the need for petitions to be filed in 2021 and instead, candidates must only submit their consent form to the clerk’s office prior to 5:00 on January 25th.

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Spring Ahead

January 13, 2021
While we are in the deep freeze of winter now, sooner rather than later, the snow will melt and we will be given the green light to get on the fields and kick off the spring season of play.  


Outdoor Winter Engagement

January 12, 2021
As we settle into new post-holiday routines, it is essential that we keep in mind the need to engage in the great outdoors. Being active outside is essential to both our physical and our mental health.  

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Public Hearing: TIF Financing for Garden Street

January 12, 2021
TIF (Tax Increment Financing)
On January 19th the City Council will host a Public Hearing on the question of whether or not the City voters should authorize Tax Increment Financing debt to pay for the connection of Garden Street to Dorset Street on the south and Midas Drive on the north.

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Bear Invasion at Fire Station

January 12, 2021
Bears and More Bears...Oh My!

As in past years, South Burlington Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Offices have been an alternative staging site for Santa’s sleigh, when there are heavy headwinds.  Apparently, these winds at altitude made it difficult for Rudolph to make his final approach to the station, and Santa bypassed his usual logistical resupply spot. (it is all about the schedule after all!).

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Sewer Upgrade project

January 11, 2021

Hadley/Farrell Neighborhood Sewer Upgrade Project

In 2019 the City completed a project that rerouted the sewer discharged from the Hadley/Proctor/Farrell neighborhood so that it was now sent to and treated at South Burlington’s wastewater treatment plant on Bartlett Bay Road.


Pandemic Program Impacts

January 11, 2021
Last week saw the kick off of the winter sport season for our local middle school and high school teams, as they were given the green light to ease back into non-contact and fully masked practices.  

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Fire District Land Transfer

January 11, 2021

City Council Approves Mayfair Park Potash Brook Land Transfer

At its regular meeting on Monday, January 4th the South Burlington City Council approved the transfer documents necessary to finalize the conveyance of two parcels from Fire District No. 2 to the City.  The land to be conveyed abuts the current Potash Brook natural area south of the Mayfair Park neighborhood which was inadvertently retained by Fire District No. 2 during the original transfer of Potash Brook land to the City in 1970


SB Fire and Planning for COVID-19

January 11, 2021

Fire Operations During COVID

Last year, the onset of COVID-19 created some new and different challenges for the Fire Department.

SBFD staff began tracking and planning for the potential arrival of what was to identified as the COVID-19 virus in the waning days of December 2019.  As part of the City’s all hazards mitigation plan, Staff began ordering additional infectious disease personal protection items in early January. 

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City Council Adopts FY22 Budget

January 11, 2021
Proposed Budget will now go to voters 

The City Council, at its meeting on January 4th, adopted the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022).  The proposed budget is a 0.98% increase in the tax rate, just under 1%.  Based on what is being proposed, what that means to the average taxpayer is an increase of $13.01 for the year on the average condo, and an $18.76 increase for the year to the average homeowner.


Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Project Grant

January 10, 2021

Airport Parkway Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Project Grant

In 2012 the City completed a $30 million upgrade and expansion project at its largest wastewater treatment facility, located on Airport Parkway. To aid in the funding of this project, the City borrowed over $20 million from the State of Vermont’s Revolving Loan Fund.


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Proactive Removal of Ash Trees

January 09, 2021
Emerald Ash Borer - Trees Being Removed and Replaced

In May 2018, staff presented to the South Burlington City Council on the topic of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is an exotic beetle that was discovered in Michigan in 2002 that feeds on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients, resulting in the killing of hundreds of millions of ash trees nationwide. Unfortunately, EAB has arrived in Vermont and Chittenden County.



City Council News

Council Appoints City Manager Search Committee

January 08, 2021

Council Appoints City Manager Search Committee

The City Council has appointed a committee to review applications for the position of City Manager.  Current City Manager Kevin Dorn will be retiring from the position on June 30th of this year.  The Council hopes to have a new Manager named well before that date to allow for a smooth transition.

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Mixed Income Residential Building Approved

January 07, 2021

Mixed Income Residential Building Approved at 105 Swift Street

The City’s Development Review Board approved application #SD-20-37 for a building containing 20 housing units, including 2 perpetually affordable units at 105 Swift Street.  




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Council Approves MOU on Airport Operations

January 06, 2021

Council approves three party MOU related to the Airport

The South Burlington City Council has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the Cities of Burlington and Winooski.  The leadership of the three communities came together to reach agreement on ways to address concerns related to operations at Burlington International Airport that have an impact on the quality of life of residents in each community.


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Planning Projects to be Considered

January 05, 2021

Council to consider planning project submittals

The City Council will consider submittal of the City’s annual project requests to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) at their January 19th meeting.


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Police Gifts Books to Kindergarteners

December 28, 2020
Cpl. Brianne Williamson of the Youth Service team spent some time in September purchasing enough “gently used” books to gift one to each of the kindergarten students entering school.  Cpl. Williamson wanted to offer the soon to be kindergarteners a welcome gift that both humanized the police and encouraged these young learners to read.

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Miller Family Donates the Remainder of PD Building

December 27, 2020
The Miller Family has donated the remaining portion of the building that houses the South Burlington Police Department to the City.  The City originally purchased a portion of the 19 Gregory Drive building to house the  Police Department.  Some of the City’s area of the building has been further leased to the Department of Veterans Affairs and there is also room for the South Burlington Restorative and Community Justice Center as well as a community meeting room.


Council Honors Resident John Simson

December 26, 2020
The South Burlington City Council considered and adopted “A Resolution in Recognition of Model Citizenship” honoring South Burlington resident John Simson.  Mr. Simson has been a very active volunteer and resident in the City for many years.

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Proposal to City Council to Amend Wastewater Ordinance

December 26, 2020
Members of the South Burlington Land Trust have presented a proposal to the City Council that calls for amending the City’s wastewater ordinance to direct sewer treatment capacity to areas in the City they deem more appropriate for growth – generally areas outside of the Southeast Quadrant.  Staff were asked to assess the proposal and provide information to the Council as to whether and how such amendments to the current wastewater ordinance could achieve the members of the Land Trust’s objectives.

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Transportation Impact Fee Proposal

December 26, 2020
Jonathan Slason, PE, of local firm RSG, Inc. appeared before the City Council to give a presentation on the City’s Transportation Impact Fee structure and how it might be updated.  Mr. Slason is an expert on impact fee ordinances and calculations and has been working with City Staff for a number of months on a needed update to the ordinance.


Fiscal Year 2022 Draft Budget

December 24, 2020

An overview of the draft FY22 General Fund Budget was presented to the City Council at their meeting on Dec. 21st.  The budget, along with the Enterprise Accounts for Water, Stormwater, and Sewer, will be further discussed at the next City Council meeting on January 4th.

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SB Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

December 23, 2020
As you are out and about either walking safely in your neighborhood or driving around looks at holiday lights, there certainly is a lot to look at as Vermont steps up to the challenge and “Lights the Way”.

Winter Walk

A Winter Walk in the Woods

December 22, 2020
Don’t let the cold temperatures keep you inside; bundle up and explore a wonderful walk in the woods for all the sights and sounds winter can provide.

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Public Hearing Set for Garden Street

December 22, 2020
The City Council approved holding a public hearing on January 19, 2021 beginning at 7:00 PM to gain input from community members regarding proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) of Garden Street construction. Garden Street is planned to connect Dorset Street near Health Living to Midas Drive near the Midas repair facility.

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Tis the Season to Spark the Park

December 21, 2020
After many weeks of preparation and cold hours of installation, we are ready to flip the switch and SPARK THE PARK!  

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City Clerk Discusses Annual Meeting

December 21, 2020
City Clerk Donna Kinville appeared before the City Council to discuss plans for the upcoming South Burlington Annual meeting of the voters.  The threat to residents presented by the Covid-19 pandemic caused significant changes and new approaches to voting during the general election in November and some of those procedures may return for the Annual Meeting scheduled for March 2nd.

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Open Spaces: Red Rocks Improvements

December 15, 2020
Staff have been diligently working on improvements to Red Rock Parks utilizing Open Space Project Fund monies for the last several years. These include new signage, work on trails and stormwater improvements.

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Winter Fun and Games

December 14, 2020
It's all fun and games....with the Library! Check out what they have pulled together to keep you busy as we enter Winter.

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Meeting Needs at the Food Shelf

December 13, 2020
Each month, the South Burlington Food Shelf provides 75 pounds of food to more than 370 households in our community. This is made possible through the generosity of our residents and businesses. See how you can help.

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Planning Commission Briefs Council on Draft Environmental Protection Standards

December 12, 2020
On December 7, Planning Commission chair Jessica Louisos gave the City Council an update on a series of amendments they are working on to the Environmental Protection Standards contained with the City’s Land Development Regulations.


Preparations in Full Swing to Spark the Park!

December 11, 2020
Our Rec Staff are working diligently to put assemble the pieces for the light installation that will soon be placed at Vet Memorial Park.


Penny for Path Projects - Spring 2021

December 11, 2020
There are two Penny for Paths projects that are nearing the finish line, and will likely be constructed in the spring or summer of 2021.  Both of these projects were slightly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Doing Your Part to Build a "Paws"itve Dog Community

December 10, 2020
During these challenging times I invite you to use these simple phrases; especially when it comes to the on-going dog culture concerns that are pervasive within our parks system, in particular our natural areas and open spaces.

Climate Action

Creating a Climate Action Plan

December 10, 2020

South Burlington is a member of the Vermont Climate Communities coalition, a network of cities and towns that have pledged to meet the targets of the State of Vermont and of the Paris Climate Accord. In the time since the City Council adopted this pledge in 2017, the City has hired an energy projects manager and pursued a number of key projects reducing our energy and carbon footprints. The next step is create a climate action plan.

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Council Adopts Zoning Amendments

December 09, 2020
The City Council unanimously adopted amendments to the City’s Land Development Regulations last Monday, following a public hearing.

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ALERT: Increasing Scams

December 08, 2020
The South Burlington Police have been receiving an increasing number of reports of fraud being perpetrated via phone, text, and e-mail.  In many cases the suspects impersonate the IRS or represent that the victim has won a prize, all in an effort to convince the victim to disclose their personal or financial information. 

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City Council Briefed on City Center Development

December 08, 2020
Chris Snyder and Ken Braverman of Snyder/Braverman Development made a presentation to the City Council on the next phases of development in City Center.  Snyder/Braverman is the developer of the land owned by City Center LLC, the largest individual landowner in City Center.


Honk for the Holidays and the Magic of the Season

December 03, 2020
It was a magical day as staff festively dressed and headed to the park to distribute holiday meals and goodie bags to our 120 registered seniors. 

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Coming this winter!  #SparkthePark – A winter lights display at the bandshell

December 02, 2020
SBRP is excited to announce that we are partnering with North Country Federal Credit Union in the creation of a new tradition by installing a lights display at Veterans Memorial Park during the winter.  

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SB Has Spirit

December 01, 2020
Who doesn’t enjoy riding around SB on a clear winters eve and checking out all of the seasonal decorations?  It’s an uplifting and COVID-friendly activity.

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

November 25, 2020
In order to reduce the chances of having the Fire Department as an unexpected guests to your Thanksgiving dinner we offer the following tips. 


Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020
While tables may be smaller and conversations quieter this year, nothing can quiet the spirit of our gratitude.  

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Cyber Celebrations: Stay Safe by Hosting a Virtual Thanksgiving

November 24, 2020
Just because you might not be able to share a table with friends and family this year, doesn’t mean you can’t share in the holiday together.


No Programs...What Is A Recreation Staff To Do?

November 23, 2020
I am sure many of you are wondering what it is our full time staff will be doing over the next couple of months with no indoor space to program for and no sports or gatherings allowed.  

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REHAB: Waterline under I-89

November 21, 2020

In October, a water main was rehabilitated under I-89. The aging 12 inch asbestos and cast iron pipe received a fully structural cured-in-place pipe liner. The work on the 700 feet of pipeline was completed without the traditional dig and replace disruption.

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Tax Installments Due Dec 15

November 20, 2020
The December 15, 2020 tax installment is just around the corner.  In an effort to help do our part to keep everyone safe, City Hall is currently closed to the public and we are going 100% contactless for the December installment.  


Turkey Take Out Nourished Body and Soul

November 19, 2020
The Recreation and Parks Team was out in festive force this past Wednesday at they handed out 120 meals and goodie bags to South Burlington Seniors who had registered for the free Turkey Take Out event.  

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PUBLIC HEARING: Zoning Amendments

November 19, 2020
The City Council will holding a public hearing to consider a handful of amendments to the City’s Land Development Regulations on December 7 at 7:30 pm. The amendments were proposed by the City’s Planning Commission after a public hearing of their own. Following this public hearing, the City Council may adopt the changes to the Regulations.

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Penny for Paths: Sidewalk Construction Complete

November 18, 2020
Funded by Penny for Paths, the construction of the sidewalk and the installation of bollard lighting, at the jug handle on Spear Street, was completed in November 2020.  There is still lighting work to complete and additional landscaping to install. This work will be done in the spring of 2021. 

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Green Mountain Transit: Annual Report to City Council

November 17, 2020
Jon Moore, the General Manager of Green Mountain Transit presented their annual report before the City Council on November 16th.  GMT provides transit services in South Burlington, Chittenden County and in rural areas of northern Vermont.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Clerk's Office

November 17, 2020
On Friday, November 13, the Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company (CATIC) filed a complaint in the Chittenden County, Civil Division, of the Vermont Superior Court against eight Vermont municipalities and their elected or appointed City or Town Clerks.  The complaint alleges that due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the various municipal clerk’s offices, these municipal clerks are not fulfilling their statutory mandate to allow title researchers to inspect land records during “customary business hours.”

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City Manager Update

November 16, 2020

With the recent spike in Covid-19 cases I have decided that we need to return to the safety protocols we had in place back in the summer.  This decision was consistent with the Governor’s actions taken during his Covid-19 press conference on Friday, November 13.

City Hall is now shut down to all public visitors except for those who need to view documents in the City Clerk’s office.  Access to the City Clerk’s office is by appointment only at this time.  Virtually, all City Hall staff are now working remotely.  So, services are being provided and the work of the City is moving forward in a disbursed manner.

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ANNUAL REPORT: Community Outreach

November 16, 2020
The Howard Center has released the Fiscal Year 20 (the year ending on June 30, 2020) Annual Report on the Community Outreach Program.  Community Outreach is a partnership between the municipalities of Colchester, Essex, Winooski, Willison, Richmond, Shelburne and South Burlington with the Howard Center, Vermont Department of Mental Health and the University of Vermont Medical Center that embeds a team of 5 mental health counselors in the police departments of the member communities.


Rain, Snow, or Shine - Flag Rugby Plays On!

November 13, 2020

802Rugby President Emily Morgan and Champlain College Men’s Rugby Coach Josh Cameron taught a group of 14 kids what a tough, fast, and fun sport Rugby is this fall. This group bundled up and ran around Veterans Memorial Park each Saturday. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in America. We are excited to begin helping build the base of this great sport here is South Burlington.

Interested in playing? Keep a lookout for our next session coming in the spring!


Recreation & Parks Going Remote

November 13, 2020

Due to the latest Executive Order from Gov. Scott, the Recreation and Parks Office will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 16.  All staff will continue their full time working hours remotely, and have made accommodations to receive voicemails via email.  When reaching out to the Recreation and Parks Department, please allow us one business day to respond.  We will be checking emails daily Monday-Friday and aim to provide a seamless transition to this remote work.


Many Hands Make Light Work!

November 12, 2020

Our staff do a remarkable job keeping up with their routine mowing, weed whacking, field preparation, maintenance and trash removal of our thriving park system, but with a growing inventory and thoughtful budgets; there comes a time when we have to meet the need, when really we would like to meet the desire. So how do we bridge the gap?  VOLUNTEERS!


Thank You Veterans

November 10, 2020
Today we honor and show our appreciation for all those who served our country in war and in peace.

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Proclamation: Small Business Saturday

November 10, 2020
City Council has proclaimed Saturday, November 28, 2020 as Small Business Saturday. They urge consumers to support the businesses of South Burlington on this day.

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Interim Zoning Bylaw Extended

November 09, 2020
The City Council voted 5-0 at their most recent meeting to extend the City’s Interim Zoning Bylaw for a period of six months. The Bylaw places a temporary prohibition in certain parts of the City on new subdivisions, planned unit developments, and principal buildings not previously while a series of studies and amendments to the City’s permanent Land Development Regulations are completed. Under the bylaw, applicants within the applicable areas may seek approval from the Council to proceed if certain criteria are met. All projects in applicable areas also remain subject to the current Land Development Regulations.

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November 07, 2020
On November 6, South Burlington Police responded to 108 Dorset Street for a reported theft. The complainant reported that two male suspects had entered the Anchorage Inn and stole the ATM machine located within the hotel. The complaint provided a description of the involved men and the vehicle they used to flee the scene.

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Public Art for 180 Market Street In Progress

November 06, 2020
Not everything is happening on-site at 180 Market Street.  Away south in Randolph, Phil Godenschwager working in his studio: putting together glass color combinations on his light board, cutting them out, and fitting them together.  Artist and owner of Atlantic Art Glass and Design, Phil’s piece “A Time for Every Season” (working title) is the public art piece selected for the South Burlington Public Library and City Hall. 

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Nets Are Down

November 04, 2020

Tennis/Pickleball nets have been taken down at Szymanski Park and behind SBHS. It is time to give the courts a rest for their offseason. We hope you have enjoyed the playing this season!

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Change of Season Doesn't Mean Change of Pandemic Protocols; Please Do Your Part

November 03, 2020

As the pandemic marches on, please remember that we need to be ever diligent in keeping safe as we use our parks, pathways and outdoor spaces. To ensure that these opportunities and amenities remain open and accessible, we are asking that you please adhere to these three simple rules:  1) Wear a mask  2) Leash dogs at all times 3) Keep a 6 foot physical distance.

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Kimball Ave Bridge - Conditions & Status

November 02, 2020
The bridge connecting South Burlington to Williston on Kimball Avenue is once again in poor driving condition. Please use caution when crossing. Signage is up to warn drivers. Planning for improving the surface for the winter is in progress.

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#SoBu Has Spirit

October 30, 2020

On Thursday evening our Director Holly and Recreation Specialist Brett toured the city checking out all of the displays by those who entered our Halloween Decorating Contest.  It may have been a wet, dreary evening but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit.

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Senior Trunk or Treat Success

October 29, 2020

What a treat it was to be able to see so many of our community members at the Trunk or Treat Senior Meal Drive Thru.  While we couldn’t share in a cup of coffee and conversation, it was great to say a safe hello and be able to share in a moment of personal connection.

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Soccer Season Finishes Strong!

October 27, 2020

Back in June, we didn’t know whether we were going to be able to host a soccer league this fall. However, with some token SBRP ingenuity, we were able to fit the puzzles pieces together to create a safe and fun environment for all to enjoy.

Soccer has been a staple of our programming for years. We are excited that we were able to continue this Saturday morning tradition.

Thank you to everyone who participated, refereed, coached, watched and cheered! You made this season one to remember!

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BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot

October 26, 2020
Want the latest information on voting for the 2020 Presidential election? We share how you can register or vote early. Want to come to the polls to vote, you will need to BYOB (Bring Your Own Ballot), which you received in the mail.

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Budget Update

October 24, 2020
The Fiscal Year 2020 Budget (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) has been finalized and is in the process of review for the yearly Audit.  The Draft report shows a balance of just over $33,000 to transfer to the Balance Sheet, amidst the fiscal challenges of the Pandemic in the final quarter (April-June 2020). 

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Hydro Turbine to Save $1.4 Million

October 23, 2020

In 2021, the City of South Burlington is planning to construct a hydro turbine on the outfall pipe of the City’s Airport Parkway Wastewater Treatment Facility along the Winooski River to produce electrical power.  Over the expected 30-year life of the turbine, $1.4M in energy savings are anticipated, an average of $47,000 per year.


Judge Hears Oral Argument in Mary Street Litigation

October 23, 2020
On Monday, October 12, Chittenden Superior Court Judge Samuel Hoar Jr. heard oral argument on dueling motions for summary judgment in the lawsuit filed by Century Partners, LP and Thirty Three Mary Street, LLC against the City of South Burlington.  

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Dorset Meadows Project Denied

October 22, 2020
On October 12, 2020, the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court (Division) entered an order dismissing the appeals filed in connection with the Development Review Board’s denial of the Dorset Meadows final plat application.

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Safe Trick or Treating Tips From The CDC

October 21, 2020

Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.

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Safe Halloween Fun and Festivities

October 21, 2020

Enjoy Halloween activities and take steps to protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19.

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Spooktacular Halloween Fun In SoBOO

October 21, 2020
We hope that you will consider making us part of your safe celebrations. All of our events will promote social distancing, will require masks and will offer hand sanitizing stations.

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ENERGY SAVINGS: $500,000 in FY2020

October 20, 2020

As a result of many energy projects invested in over the last decade the City has recorded $499,653 in energy savings in FY2020! That's enough power to run 71 clothes dryers at the high setting continuously for a year.

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Community Hike Series Concludes for Season

October 19, 2020
The Community Hike series in the City's natural area parks this year has concluded. During the shutdown at the beginning of the pandemic, we transitioned to virtual hikes. Since July, monthly hikes have been held in the parks. Plans are already underway for next season!

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The Future of Recreation and Parks: Post Pandemic

October 15, 2020

Several of our staff socially distanced and joined together to participate in a virtual presentation last week by Neelay Bhatt regarding the Future of Recreation and Parks Post Pandemic.  Neelay, a prominent voice for customer service in the recreation industry, describes himself as:  “ a servant leader passionate about connecting people in the Sports Business, Government Agencies such as Parks and Recreation or non-profits such as Governing bodies and Sports Commissions, I'm committed to helping clients one agency at a time. Be it sports marketing, master and strategic planning, facility development or business planning, training or speaking on leadership, customer service or brand building, I continue to share and learn from professionals and friends alike.” 


#SoBu Sunrise to Sunset

October 14, 2020

Start your day with a smile by taking an early morning walk along the Wheeler Nature Park trails.  Park in the dirt parking lot on Swift Street adjacent to the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Park.  As you start out, you’ll have beautiful eastward vistas and will be able to enjoy the sunrise over the Green Mountains including Mt Mansfield and Camels Hump. As you explore the network of trails you will spot old maple and oak trees, a white pine forest, vernal pool and a stream tributary of potash brook.


Time to Explore: The Wheeler Homestead and Children's Garden

October 14, 2020

Tucked next to the Wheeler Homestead is a perfect spot to explore.

Come over and find out for yourself!

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Access Planning & Zoning Documents Online

October 13, 2020
The City has undertaken a significant project to digitize our records over the past 2 years. We are pleased to be able to offer permitting, development review, and permit research online. 

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EXTENDED: Temporary Permitting Measures for Businesses

October 12, 2020

This spring, the Planning & Zoning Department put in place a series of temporary permitting measures to allow businesses to adapt to changing circumstances brought by the evolving pandemic. The temporary measures have now been extended through the end of the year.

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Progress on Public Library, City Hall & Senior Center

October 11, 2020
Work is moving quickly at the new South Burlington Public Library and City Hall. From the outside, the exterior is changing daily with siding and windows being installed. Inside, the space is starting to take shape. City Council, City Hall employees, Library employees, and state legislators have recently toured.

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UPDATE: City-wide Reappraisal

October 10, 2020
The City is working toward concluding a reappraisal of residential and commercial properties. All commercial properties in the City have been visited and most of the residential properties. Residents who have yet to have their property reviewed can expect the visitations to begin again in mid-October.  

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Scavenger Hunt Fun; It All Starts In Parks!

October 09, 2020
Leaves are cascading autumn colors, the air is crisp and clean and critters and creatures are scurrying around to prep for the change of season; what better time to get out there and explore?  You will note that the final page of our digital brochure is host to a simple card to help you get started on a Nature Alphabet Scavenger Hunt.  While this is an easy way to get started, it is only the beginning.

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#SB3x3x3 Virtual Runs

October 09, 2020
Need some motivation to get outside during the cooler months? Join us in a virtual running series this winter.

Participants have the chance to win some great prizes donated by Fleet Feet Vermont.


#SpookySoBu Halloween Decorating Contest

October 08, 2020
Show your community spirit and join our Halloween Decorating Contest.  Halloween makes for a fun time to decorate your home or place of business.  We invite community members to go all out when it comes to decorating the exterior of your home, lawn, steps and/or porch this month.

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Baker Presents CCRPC Annual Report

October 08, 2020
Charlie Baker, the Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC)  appeared before the South Burlington City Council to present the Commission’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020.


Airport Master Plan Update: Oct 14 | 5-7 pm

October 07, 2020
The Burlington International Airport is updating its Master Plan, addressing the development needs for a 20-year time period.

A  Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14th 5-7PM virtually at Burlington International Airport.

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Draft Airport Noise Compatibility Implementation Plan

October 07, 2020
This past week, the Burlington International Airport’s Sound Committee, which includes representatives from affected communities including South Burlington, met and got a first look at a draft Implementation Plan.

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Improvements: Community Dr / Kimball Ave

October 06, 2020

Construction crews are at work widening the corners and approach lanes to the intersection of Community Drive and Kimball Avenue.  The current four-way stop at the intersection will also be replaced by traffic signals that are expected to be installed by the end of the year.

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VIDEO: City Council Meeting

October 06, 2020
Did you miss last night's City Council meeting? No problem. You can stream it today on YouTube!

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PROGRESS REPORT: Building Homes Together

October 05, 2020

– The Building Homes Together Campaign, formed in 2016 to encourage production of housing in Chittenden County, released its annual progress report that showed continued overall success in new housing being created, but a persistent lack of affordable homes.

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Halloween Events 2020

October 01, 2020
As expected, our Halloween Spooktacular events will look a little different this year.  We are working with new health and safety guidelines, restrictions on social gatherings, the loss of SBSD indoor facility usage and the need to remain fiscally responsible.  That being said, we are excited to present a series of engaging activities that community members of all ages can enjoy.  We look forward to your participation.

Senior Meal Pick up

Free Senior Meal Drive Thru Program

September 30, 2020

We are thrilled to partner with Age Well for a series of three “drive thru” meal delivery opportunities.  Age Well is covering the cost of the meals, as well as providing additional funding for some fun goodie bags and give a-ways to bolster the event.

Sign up for just one or sign up for all three.  City Staff will be on site to festively wave and greet you as you drive down through Veterans Memorial Park and pick up your meal in the turnaround; there will be signage indicating where to go.  All staff will be fully masked and precautions will be taken to promote safety.  No need to get out of your car, simply pull up, pop the trunk and we can place the bags for you. 

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Local Government E-Newspaper Launches

September 29, 2020
In response to the public and in an effort to bring local government news directly to you, The South Burlington Times is being launched. This e-newspaper will be published bi-weekly and include both municipal and school government news. Want to receive it directly in your email inbox? Sign up today!

Soccer 2020

SBRP Fall Soccer

September 29, 2020
What does community mean to you? For me, nothing shows community more than our Saturday morning soccer program. Families rushing up from the parking lot to check in and get to their fields as fast as possible, chatter of friends yapping about how their weeks have been going, laughter from young and old as we all kick around an inflated ball – this is what makes me smile and makes me feel like a part of this community.

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Kimball Ave Bridge Closed for Repairs

September 28, 2020

The Kimball Avenue Bridge which links South Burlington to Williston will be temporarily closed to facilitate much needed repairs. 

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Council Hears from Land Trust on Sewer Allocation

September 25, 2020

The South Burlington Land Trust presented a proposal to the City Council to amend the so-called “Sewer Ordinance” to direct the allocation of sewer capacity to areas where the Planning Commission and Council want to see growth. 

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Closing the Gaps

September 18, 2020
Work is in progress at the "Jug Handle" between Spear Street and East Terrace to close the gap in the sidewalk connecting the two.  This project is possible due to the Penny for Paths funding, which leverages pennies to invest $3 million on improved Bike/Ped infrastructure in the City.

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Partnering with Audubon Vermont to Improve Bird Habitat

September 15, 2020
The Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership, of which South Burlington is a member, is working with Audubon Vermont to support bird habitat work. A portion of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant will support projects in our region.

Property Taxes

First Tax Installment Due This Week!

September 14, 2020

The first tax installment is due tomorrow—September 15, 2020. You can mail your payment (post marked by 9/15) or drop off at City Hall in the drop box or weekdays from 9-Noon and 1 - 4 pm.

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Time is running out! Complete the 2020 Census today.

September 08, 2020
Your response matters. Financial support for fire and police departments, schools, and even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. But time is running out, so we need your response today!

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Bumpy No More

August 31, 2020
The repaving of Dorset Street from Market Street to Garden Street (corner of Trader Joe’s and Health Living) should be completed this week.  This year’s paving project follows on from the work done on Dorset Street from Williston Road to Market Street last summer. 

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A Smooth Ride at Overlook Park

August 26, 2020
The pavement at Overlook Park on Spear Street has been replaced. You can now smoothly drive in, park your car, and take in the view of the lake and Adirondacks.

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Police Department Policy and Operations

August 24, 2020
South Burlington Police Chief Shawn Burke presented to City Council an overview of police department policy and operations. The presentation shares the department's work through the Pillars of 21st Century Policing.

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Volunteers Get the Weeds Out at City Hall

August 17, 2020
After four months of being closed due to the pandemic, there were many tasks to accomplish around City Hall.  One of which was to weed the overgrown perennial beds. Thanks to a team of volunteers from the Rotary Club, the entrance is neat and tidy—full of color.

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Tropical Storm Isaias

August 04, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to be in our area 4 pm - 8 am. Wind gusts up to 50MPH. Possible tornado activity. Rainfall 1-4". Review your family emergency plans. Plan for possible power outages, DO NOT drive through flooded areas, as you don’t know if the road surface is intact.

Property Taxes

Property Tax Bills Delayed

June 24, 2020

There will be a delay in releasing the new 2020-2021 tax bills. We anticipate that the City Council will establish tax installment due dates at their second meeting in July--July 20. 

Property owners will have 30 days from the date tax bills are mailed to pay the first installment.

For the 2020/2021 tax year only interim tax bills will be mailed by August 15, 2020. First installment will be due Sept. 15, 2020 Second installment Dec. 15, 2020 and the final installment will be March 15, 2021.


Summer Camp Update

June 19, 2020

As you may be aware, there are several issues at play that are impacting our summer camp plans.  They include our loss of facility usage, COVID-19 health and safety concerns along with a general hesitation by families to register/invest in half day specialty camp programs to name a few.

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Resolution Related to the Murder of George Floyd

June 16, 2020
Council passed a resolution related to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the protests and violence that has occurred in the aftermath.

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Resolution Requires Wearing Masks in Public

June 15, 2020

City Council passed a resolution regarding the use of personal protective equipment within City-owned buildings and in places of public access within the City of South Burlington.

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State of City Operations and 21st Century Policing

June 02, 2020
City Manager Kevin Dorn speaks about the importance of wearing masks in public, calling for emergency services when you need them, the state of city operations, and the safety of our drinking water. Police Chief Shawn Burke shares a message about the recent tragedy in Minneapolis and the state of policing in South Burlington, including the department's commitment to 21st century policing.


21st Century Policing: A Message from Police Chief Shawn Burke

June 01, 2020
Our community watched a Minneapolis Police Officer murder a citizen, his accomplices wore the same uniform.  Ambient video was able to finally shine light on an officer with a troubled past, an officer who did not deserve to police, an officer who now sits in a jail cell.   I am outraged by the conduct of this officer and his accomplices; this tragedy should have never happened.

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School Budget Re-vote RESULTS

May 28, 2020
The results are in from today's school budget re-vote. The budget failed with:
35.55% Yes          64.45% No.

4,537 votes were cast.

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Business Occupancy Loads (COVID-19)

May 14, 2020
As the Governor carefully re-opens commerce in the State, he is doing so with restrictions to continue to halt the spread of the Corona COVID-19 virus. Currently, the restriction for business (office) and mercantile (retail) occupancies limit the number of occupants (patrons and employees). 

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Update from City Manager Kevin Dorn

May 13, 2020

Watch City Manager Kevin Dorn's update on City operations. He shares information on city services, measures we are taking for current and FY21 budget, summer events, and the City's reappraisal project.

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School Budget Re-vote:  Absentee Ballots

May 12, 2020
The revote on the School budget is set for Thursday, May 28, 2020. The vote will be held in person at the polling locations. Due to COVID-19, voters can also request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk's office.

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Public Library:  Curbside Service Available

May 11, 2020
The South Burlington Public Library is offering curbside pickup of materials on Monday and Friday 1-3 pm and Wednesday 4-6 pm. How do you get what you want? 


As The Spigot Turns

May 08, 2020

The glass is half full as we see a slow return to play!

This week’s “turn of the spigot“ has allowed for some modest social engagement and slow return to recreational play.  During this phase 1 of return to play, we are now able to provide the following updates for services and amenities. While modest, we hope that compliance will allow for further engagement in the coming weeks and will continue to keep you posted on our various social media outlets. 

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City Meetings This Week: City Council Tonight

May 04, 2020
Tonight's City Council Meeting will be held electronically. you can participate in the interactive meeting online (audio and video) or by phone (audio only).

Sgt. Dubie Retirement

Thanks for 25 Years, Sgt. Dubie!

May 02, 2020
After 25 years serving the City of South Burlington as a police officer, Sergeant Douglas C. Dubie retired Friday. Over the radio, he signed off for the last time outside the Police station on Gregory Drive.

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Status Update from City Manager

May 01, 2020
As the Governor continues to open the state, City Manager Kevin Dorn shares the current status of City operations this week.

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Recreation & Park Director's Message

April 24, 2020
Hello South Burlington!
As you look forward to the weekend and embrace a beautiful weather day tomorrow, please be aware that there may be some changes to the park system that you should be prepared for.  In order to keep our parks open, accessible and safe, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please take a moment and read the below information and updates.


SB Senior Supports

April 14, 2020

As we continue to stay home and stay safe, we wanted to ensure that our senior population, most vulnerable to the damaging effects of COVID-19, are able to access all the services they need at this time.  There are a variety of programs available to support meal, grocery and medication delivery through Age Well and additional supports for other essential service support that you can access calling 211.
Click keep reading below for a full listing of the Age Well services and how to reach them.


Yoga in the Time of Corona

April 13, 2020

I read a quote recently that said, in essence, the beauty of Yoga is not what happens on the mat, it’s what happens when you’re off the mat facing fear, disappointment, conflict, anger, sadness, etc. - AKA right now. The Corona pandemic is only the second time in my half century of life that I’ve been scared about public health and safety. Nine eleven and the following whacky anthrax scare was the other time.  Vermont is nicely insulated from natural disasters like neighborhood erasing tornadoes, mudslides, earthquakes and fires. We’re out of our league here, and what I used to think was restricted to places in Asia I’ve never heard of is now here in our community. “Ten-Hut!!”


NRPA Statement on Playgrounds & Play Structures

April 03, 2020
Nationally, more cities and states have implemented shelter in place orders, closed schools and businesses, and taken crucial measures to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. As these changes in policy and practice have been implemented, many questions regarding the safety of public playgrounds and play structures have emerged.


Tips to Recreate Locally

April 03, 2020
The Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” addendum to the Emergency Declaration still allows us to enjoy Vermont’s outdoors while staying close to home. We thank the public for their cooperation and understanding during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Keeping trails, parks, and other public outdoor spaces open for appropriate public use is challenging with limited staffing and all state and municipal agencies are doing their best to balance the requirements of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order with Vermonters’ need for exercise and stress relief. We want folks to have healthy, close-to-home options and – in part -- the public’s behavior will determine if that remains possible and prudent.


SB Dog Park Closed Until Further Notice

April 03, 2020

Pathways, trails, natural areas and green spaces remain accessible to the public.

Dogs must be leashed at all times on public land!

Maintain appropriate 6 foot physical distance at all times!

Avoid congregating in parks, on trails and in parking lots!

Adhere to all park signage!

Your compliance will allow us to keep the spaces available for public use.  Failure to cooperate my lead to additional restrictions.

Please do your part and BE SAFE!!!


Physical Distancing in Parks

April 02, 2020
We ask that you do your part in practicing physical distancing in parks, by following some tips from the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA). Click "Read More" for a link to more tips and information from NRPA.


Message From the Director

March 30, 2020

Hello South Burlington!
I hope that you are well, and continue to be well through this next phase of social distancing and sheltering in place.  It has been wonderful to keep up with all the creative ways that we are supporting one another as a community, albeit at a distance.  From back yard tea-parties six feet apart, to front window scavenger hunts, grocery and pharmacy deliveries to door steps or just random acts of kindness; we are all looking for creative ways to take care of one another through this. 

Kevin Dorn - COVID Update  - 3.24.2020

Update from Kevin Dorn, City Manager

March 24, 2020
Watch today's update from City Manager Kevin Dorn. Learn about City municipal services, public meetings, and facilities. He also urges the community to support local businesses as possible—order take out or delivery, or buying local as possible.


Yosemite National Park

Take a Virtual Tour of National Parks

March 23, 2020
Have you been to a National Park? Which park is your favorite? Haven't been? No problem, take a virtual tour of some of the United States's National Parks. Click the link below to get started.
National Park Virtual Tours

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Our Drinking Water is Safe

March 20, 2020
Champlain Water District (CWD) which supplies the water to our City utilizes a multi-barrier approach to water treatment, including optimized filtration and disinfection. These processes are effective in removing and inactivating viruses, including COVID-19.


Community Resources

March 19, 2020
We are actively compiling resources that may be helpful to you during this time.


SB Recreation & Parks Operation Update

March 18, 2020
Our office is currently closed to public access, though the essential functions of the department remain active via remote access .  We have cancelled all programing, events and field reservation until further notice.


Tonight's DRB Meeting

March 17, 2020
Tuesday March 17, 2020:  Tonight’s DRB meeting will be held at 7:00 at City Hall as scheduled. In addition to our usual YouTube simulcast of the meeting, a remote option has been made available.  The public is strongly encouraged to participate via remote login.  Interested persons participating via remote login will be considered as having the same legal standing as interested persons participating in person.


Programmatic Updates in Light of Social Distancing

March 16, 2020

We are reaching out to keep you apprised of the current status of programs and offerings through our department. 
All programs that had been scheduled to take place in our schools have been cancelled until April 6.  We are working with instructors to reschedule when possible and are providing refunds to programs that have been cancelled.


Tonight's City Council Meeting

March 16, 2020
The agenda for tonight's City Council meeting has been updated. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at City Hall, as scheduled. We broadcast live on YouTube, and have now made an additional remote option available.

City Hall Winter


March 16, 2020
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our employees and the public is our top priority. We are implementing measures to help limit exposure and spread.


Corona Virus Recommendations

March 12, 2020
In an effort to provide information around the Coronavirus 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19, we have compiled resources for our community.

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Recount Complete - City Councilor Race

March 07, 2020
Today, the City Clerk completed a recount of the results in the City Councilor race between incumbent Meaghan Emery and candidate Matt Cota.

Results In

Annual Meeting Election Results

March 04, 2020
The results are in! More than 8,000 voters completed their ballots yesterday. Items on the ballot included election of school board members, City Council members, school articles and city articles.

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A Perfect Day In The Snow

March 03, 2020
The Recreation and Parks Department would like to thank everyone who joined us for a wonderful day of snowshoeing and storytelling!

Budget Pie Chart


February 26, 2020
On Tuesday, March 3, voters will be asked to consider the proposed FY2021 City of South Burlington budget. Being sensitive to the overall tax burden of the public, City Council and the administration have worked to keep the impact below a 3% tax rate increase. 

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Annual City & School Meeting Ballots are In!

February 12, 2020
There are 2 ballots this year. One for the presidential primary, and one for the Annual City and School Meeting. Both are now available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall for early and absentee voting. City Hall is open 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Early voting will close at noon on Monday, March 2.

Millie & Joan Highlight

Senior Spotlight: Meet Millie and Joan

February 11, 2020
Meet Mille Estey and Joan Eldridge!
Each week a group of our own South Burlington Seniors gather together to share in good company, good food and enriching entertainment through our Young At Heart Weekly Wednesday Program.  The program is comprised of a hearty and nutritious meal provided through Age Well, as well as a free program of entertainment ranging from bingo to trivia and everything in between. 

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Accused Murderer Leroy Headley Arrested in Jamaica

February 05, 2020

The manhunt for one of the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives ended Sunday, Feb. 2, after the accused murderer was found and arrested in Jamaica. Leroy Headley, 38, is wanted by the South Burlington Police Department in Vermont for the May 2018 murder of Anako Lumumba, the mother of his two children.

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Presidential Primary Ballots Are In

January 31, 2020
The Clerk's office has received the Presidential Primary ballots however the City ballots will not be available until February 12.


SB Friends of the Dog Park to Host Canine Valentine Event Feb. 8!

January 27, 2020
The South Burlington Dog Park “Friends” group successful organized and celebrated their first event this fall with the Spooky Pooch Parade, and are now looking forward to infusing some winter fun with an upcoming “Canine Valentine Event”.


South Burlington Management Plan Task Force Hosts Kick Off Meeting!

January 27, 2020
Members of City Staff, the Chittenden County Forester and Representatives from both the Natural Resources Committee and the Recreation and Parks Committee met today to kick off the newly formed Management Plan Task Force.  In its initial meeting, the group agreed to focus first on prioritizing the update of the Red Rocks Management Plan.



January 24, 2020

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FY ’21 BUDGET; $54 increase to the average homeowner and $37 for the average condominium. 


The City Council has approved the FY ’21 draft budget presented by City management to be presented to the voters for final consideration on March 3. 

City staff and the City Council worked very hard and with a sharp pencil to keep the increase in the proposed FY ‘21 budget to a bare minimum.  The Council and the administration recognize the impact of rising taxes on residents so we worked hard to hold spending to a barely sustainable level.  In the end the Council approved a 2.98% increase in the tax rate which translates into a $54 increase for the average home owner and $37 for the average owner of a condominium.

Market St Construction


January 24, 2020
The South Burlington Community Center at 180 Market Street is well under construction.  Over 100 concrete columns that form the footings for the foundation have been poured and the foundation itself is going in.


Recreation Department Prepares for 24th Annual Valentine Dance

January 23, 2020

As the Recreation Team begins to check off the to do lists in preparation for the big dance, we pause to take in the longevity and evolution of this magical event and the memories that it holds for all those who have attended and hope that this tradition continues to provide opportunities for meaningful memories for years, and generations to come.  

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Bridge Reopens Between SoBu & Williston

December 31, 2019


Vital Connection Opens for New Year

Today at noon, the bridge connecting South Burlington and Williston reopened. This vital connector between South Burlington and Williston has been closed for the last two months. During the Halloween storm that delivered four inches of precipitation to the City, thousands of cubic yards of soil was washed away exposing the abutments. 

“We appreciate the work of all involved to restore this vital artery in South Burlington,” said City Manager Kevin Dorn.  The City collaborated with the town of Williston and the State of Vermont to ensure that this project was a top priority.

The City expresses its appreciation for the strong and swift support of this project from the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

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Capitol for a Day-SoBu

December 11, 2019

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. 

Join Governor Scott and the State of Vermont Agency of Administration for presentations and resource discussions at the Public Library, 155 Dorset Street (UMall). Open to the public!

Public Forum - Bike Lanes - White Street - Dec 5

PUBLIC FORUM: White Street Bike Lanes

December 06, 2019
The South Burlington Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will be discussing the topic of possible bike lanes on both sides of the White Street at their regular monthly meeting on December 11th at 5:30 in the Green Mountain Room, South Burlington City Hall and would like to hear from all residents.


Climate Solutions

December 05, 2019

South Burlington Public Forum on

How can Vermont do its part to combat climate change - and why does it matter to you?
Join the Climate Solutions Caucus at a public forum to discuss our priorities and the legislation we’ll work to advance in 2020.
Ask questions, share ideas and learn how we can work together to create a sustainable future for all Vermonters.
6:30 to 8:00