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May 11, 2021   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

Hours: 9 am - Noon  and 1 - 4 pm Appointments are still encouraged. 

180 Market Street May 10, 2021

Save the Date for Grand Opening of 180 Market St

The last stages of construction at the new Public Library, Senior Center and City Hall at 180 Market Street are in progress. The solar panel array at the top of the building is now complete and the work continues on the inside.

We will host a Grand Opening of the building with a celebration:

Friday, July 23, 2021
4:30 - 7 pm

So save the date and watch for more information as we get closer!

I-89 signs

Council Reconsiders Vote on I-89 Corridor Study

During their meeting on May 3rd, the City Council revisited a prior vote related to recommendations to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) regarding upgrades to Interstate 89. 

CCRPC is engaged in a two-year long study of improvements that could be made to the entire I-89 Corridor over its course through Chittenden County to improve safety, access and a variety of other criteria.  The Commission has been looking to local communities where the Interstate is located to make recommendations on a list of potential improvements

Read more.

National Law Enforcement Week 2021

National Police Week

The week of May 9th to May 15th is recognized around the country as National Police Week. This tradition of recognizing the service and sacrifice of law enforcement began in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and National Police Week.

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Woman running with dog on leash

A Neighbor's Perspective on Dogs in Red Rocks Park

by Larry Kupferman

I think that many dog owners who walk their dogs in Red Rocks respect the value of Red Rocks Park as a natural area with wonderful flora and fauna especially suited to it. There are those folks who let their dogs run off trail disturbing the natural balance that exists there and spoiling the experience for others --dog owners or not.

Responsible dog owners could certainly do more to encourage those who do not respect or understand the value of the natural areas by letting their dogs run off leash.

It is always quite wonderful for me to see families with their children enjoying Red Rocks Park. Unfortunately it takes a dog off leash to spoil that experience.  

Larry lives near Red Rocks Park and is a former member of both the Dog Park Committee and the Natural Resource Conservation Committee.

Workers paving

Summer Paving Contract Approved

The City Council has approved a contract with Pike Industries to do paving work in South Burlington during our Fiscal Year 2022 season which begins on July 1, 2021. 

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House, development plan, zoning, planning

Council Votes to Extend Interim Zoning

The South Burlington City Council has voted to extend Interim Zoning Bylaws through November 13, 2021.

Interim Zoning, or IZ as it is called, is authorized under State statute and allows a community to establish a second level of review of certain development projects while the City addresses a particular concern related to growth. In the case of South Burlington the Council approved Interim Zoning to allow time to address natural resource related issues primarily in the Southeast Quadrant (SEQ) of the City and also come up with new standards for housing developments in that area known as Planned Unit Developments (PUD).

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Spring/Summer Home Improvement Projects?

Tools for home reno

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?  Then now is the time to check-in with Planning & Zoning if you have spring/summer building projects on the horizon and want to start or learn about the permitting process. 

Don’t know if you need a permit for the project you are considering? Our FAQs may help.  We also have detailed “How To” guides on our website that will walk you through the permitting process.

As always, if you have questions you can reach out to Planning & Zoning staff at or 802-846-4106.

School District Events & News

SB School District logo

School Board Meeting

May 19   |  7 pm

Agenda can be found at

School board members want to connect with you! If you are looking for a way, aside from the regular board meetings, to ask questions, express concerns, or maybe just get to know your board members a little better, please join individuals for their upcoming Zoom chats! The board began piloting these virtual pop-in sessions May 10 with more to come. Check out the District website for upcoming dates and Zoom links!


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

Monday, May 17   |  6:30 pm  | Virtual

  • Appoint representative to CCRPC
  • Interviews with applicants for appointment to South Burlington Boards, Commissions and Committees
  • Presentation on racial discrimination in housing
  • Resolution and accompanying documents related to Council appointments to South Burlington Boards, Commissions, and Committees
  • Continued Public Hearing: zoning application and possible Council action on the extension of the Interim Bylaws. (warned for 7:30 PM)
  • Discussion about rental housing ordinance (S.79)
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
Phone (audio only):  (571) 317-3122

Access code:     387-008-453

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 May 3 meeting here.

Ginny Denham - art utility box


South Burlington has an amazing array of public art, adorning walls, underpasses, City-owned utility boxes and in parks. Want to see them all? Join South Burlington's Art Hunt competition! Any time during the month of May (National Bike Month), go for a bike ride and take a selfie with any of the South Burlington artistic utility boxes, murals or sculptures. Make sure to include your bike (or your kids/other people on bikes). 

Learn 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!



Keeping Track of Vermont’s Birds
May 15  |  8AM  |  Wheeler Nature Park

Join Audubon Vermont’s Conservation Program Manager Mark LaBarr as he discusses the many ways researchers and community scientists monitor Vermont’s bird populations.

Learn more and register.


Thursday Night Take out 2021
Chalk the Walk
Memorial Day 2021 - ad


The Library is currently OPEN!  M, Th, F 11-3, Tu & W 2-6, Sa 11-3.

Call us at: 802-846-4140.

Aspire Campaign- online reading

On April 6, 2021 the library hosted an amazing program: Reading to Inspire.  Five renowned Vermont authors - Alison Bechdel, Emily Bernard, Stephen Kiernan, Madeleine Kunin and Tanya Lee Stone - read from recent works, discussed their writing process and answered questions from more than 60 online guests. Moderated by State Representative John Killacky, the participants felt like they were joining John in his living room with five good friends. It was a delightful and memorable evening, and the Foundation is very grateful to John and the authors for donating their time to help the new library.

For those who missed the live event, the recording is now available on the South Burlington Public Library YouTube channel ReadingToInspireApril6Recording.

Reading to Inspire was organized by the South Burlington Library Foundation to raise money to enrich offerings at the new South Burlington Public Library.

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 summer positions.  We are looking for great people to work here in the City. Our team is focused on keeping South Burlington one of the best places to live, work, and visit.

CLICK HERE for our most current openings.


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