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March 9, 2021   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

City-Wide Reappraisal Project

Thursday, March 11    Noon and 6 pm

Property Value system

The current Citywide reassessment is entering the final stages and will be producing new property valuations for publication in early April.

Living through a re-assessment can be a stressful experience.  Join us for one of these informational sessions as we answer your questions and address any misconceptions about the process of valuation and the resulting impact to property taxes.

Join one of the sessions to learn more about the reappraisal project and ask questions.
Access meeting links and info.

Property Tax

Tax Installment Due March 15, 2021 

In an effort to help do our part to keep everyone safe, City Hall is currently closed to the public and payments for the March installment will be contactless.  What does this mean? 

Learn more.

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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.  This year we will begin the committee application and review process in late March for appointments to begin July 1.

Learn more.

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Annual Meeting / Ballot Items 
Looking for the details from the polls? Visit the Election results.


City Council Reorganizes

Each year after the City's Annual Meeting the City Council reorganizes and elect’s leadership as well as making other appointments and designations. The Council met on March 4th and welcomed new Councilman Matt Cota before voting to appoint Helen Riehle as Chair, Meaghan Emery as Vice Chair and Tim Barritt as Clerk.   

See more.

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University Mall Shooting Suspect Arrested

Tyshane Smith (18 YOA) was arrested in Dade County Florida February 25, following an extensive fugitive investigation.  Smith was sought on charges related to his role in the February 1st, 2021 shooting incident which occurred at the University Mall.  Smith is currently being held in Dade County pending extradition proceedings on his Vermont Arrest Warrant.

The South Burlington Police were assisted in this investigation by the United States Marshals Service. 

Dover Place Rendering

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. The Zoning Permit authorizes construction to start on the building, named Dover Place by its developers.

It will contain 43 dwelling units, underground vehicle and bicycle parking, and a private green space for residents. The building will be located on the east side of Garden Street, immediately north of the building constructed last year at the corner of Garden Street and Market Street.

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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. The project team invites you to learn more about this project and provide input about your experiences at this intersection. Your input will be used to create alternative design options and proposed improvements. We want to hear from you!

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City Colors Enter the Public Library
A glimpse inside the new Public Library at 180 Market Street shows the colorful palette of the City. This is the view of the second floor looking to the east. The opening to the grand staircase with a sky light to the roof is on the left. On the right, you can see the front  terrace through the windows. (photo credit: Penne Tompkins)

2020 Top Dog Bella Says
"It's time to register your cat or dog!"

2020 Top Dog - Bela

It's that time of year, when all dogs and cats, ages 6 months or older, must be registered. Why? To ensure that the necessary vaccinations are current for the protection of South Burlington citizens— complying with state law. Deadline is April 1, 2021.

When you register, your pet will be entered into the 8th Annual Top Dog and First Feline Contest. 

Download the registration form.

Learn more or register today.

Now Online

Application Status and Recently Issued Permits now online

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

Both are updated bi-weekly.

This same page also includes a link to where all development review applications, supporting materials, and decisions, and all zoning permits can be viewed online in our permit database

Free Resources

Do you or someone you know need help with their taxes? Its Free!                   Learn more.


If your yearly household income was less than
$138,500 in 2020 and you meet certain residency requirements, the State of Vermont can help you pay for your property taxes. You could be eligible for up to $8,000.00 worth of credit!   

Call Vermont Department of Taxes at (802) 828-2865.
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► Need help filing your taxes or for the property tax credit? Contact VITA, the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service at 800-906-9887, or­tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers to see if you qualify.


COVID- Support - Stress Resources

School District Events

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Regular School Board meeting March 17, 2021   7 pm

Agenda can be found at



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South Burlington City Buildings will begin a gradual reopening in April/May. The public buildings that are typically open, the City Hall and the Library, will see staff beginning to return on April 5th. 

The City has been guided throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by the Governor’s executive orders, as well as information from the Centers for Disease Control. The Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Public Works will remain closed to the public, but more normal in person services will begin on a limited basis at City Hall to include the Clerk's Office and at the Library.

Please monitor the City News and South Burlington social media for updates on actual reopening dates.



For a complete list of meetings & events, please visit the calendar at

Monday, March 15   |  6:30 pm  | Virtual

  • FY20 Audit Presentation
  • Public Hearing: Interim Zoning application #IZ-21-01
  • Discussion and decision on extending Interim Zoning Bylaws
  • Presentation from the South Burlington FIPP Citizen Committee proposing changes to the existing South Burlington Fair and Impartial Policing Policy.
  • Council consideration and possible approval of a resolution requiring that a third-party conservation easement on the so-called Wheeler Property be conveyed and completed within six months of enactment.
  • Consider and possibly approval refinancing of the Pension Loan
  • Convene as the South Burlington Liquor Control Commission
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
Phone (audio only):    (646) 749-3122

Access code:      234-692-589

Watch the Last City Council Meeting Recording

Want to see what happened during the latest City Council meeting? Can't attend the live session online?  We've got you covered. You can watch the recorded February 16 meeting here.

Multiple Committees Meeting
Wednesday, March 10   |   5 pm

Working session regarding the I-89 Corridor Study, facilitated by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

Participating Committees:

  • City Council
  • Planning Commission
  • Recreation and Parks
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Affordable Housing
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian
Interactive Online (audio & video):


Library Board of Trustees
Thursday, March 11   |   6 pm

Join the meeting online:

Meeting ID: 890 2969 7256   Passcode: 273499  Phone: 646 558 8656


Natural Resources Committee
Wednesday, March 15 |  6 pm  | Virtual

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Dial in by phone: (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 915-811-557


Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee
Wednesday, March 17 |  5:30 pm  | Virtual

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Dial in by phone: (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 575-505-253


Planning Commission
Tuesday, March 9   |   7 pm
Tuesday, March 16  |  7 pm (special and tentative)

Development Review Board
Tuesday, March 16   |  7 pm

Visit for meeting access info, agendas and minutes.


I-89 Corridor Study

Council Seeks Public Input on I-89 Corridor Study - Thurs, March 18

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.

Read more.


City Clerk's Office:
How to Access Services

Need to access the Clerk's office for a title search, vital records, or marriage license? 

Visit the City Clerk's page and see how to do so!


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Do you think SoBu is Bicycle-Friendly?

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee sure does and think it's getting better and better every year. So why not be recognized for that? Over the last year, the committee worked with the City to complete and submit an application to have South Burlington designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. 

Now we need your help to complete a survey to share your thoughts. Read more and complete the survey.


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Virtual Discussion: Managing Invasive Plants

Wednesday, March 17  |  6:30 – 7:30 PM

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.      Read more.


Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse Registration Deadline

This year's SBRP Girls Lacrosse registration deadline is tomorrow--Wednesday, March 10th at 12:00 pm. Read more.


Youth Softball


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for ages 5 to 12, best of all T-Ball is now being offered free of charge!

South Burlington Youth Baseball & Softball has been providing a safe, healthy way for kids to make friends and stay active for 40 years.

The league serves all male and female youth, league ages* 5 to 12, interested in being taught, not only, the sport of baseball or softball, but also sportsmanship and teamwork. South Burlington Youth Baseball & Softball is an all volunteer organization. Registration is now open at If you are interested in volunteering with SB Little League, please send us an email:

Sign up today!

  • Scholarships available for all league ages
  • State and local safety and social distancing recommendations are strictly enforced
  • Your child will improve their game and learn important life skills


March 20  |  11 am and 12:30 pm

Maple Moon Gathering

Walk at Wheeler Nature Park with Family and Friends! Free Flatbread Lunch, Live Music, and More!  Learn more.


The Library is currently operating only curbside service.  See the current hours.

Curbside Pickup: M, Th, F 11-3 pm and T, W 2-6 pm

Call us at: 802-846-4140.