South Burlington City News - 5.27.2021

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South Burlington City News

May 27, 2021   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

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

City offices will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.


Beta Announces Plans to Expand Electric Aircraft Facility

BETA Technologies (“BETA” or “the Company”) has begun the permitting process to construct its next phase facility in Vermont. The project includes building a state-of-the-art training and assembly facility at Burlington International Airport (BTV). The project is expected to create hundreds of additional new jobs in the coming years, not including construction. The majority of these positions will be in engineering, design and manufacturing. 

Read more.

Mask Requirement Removed

On Tuesday, the City Council rescinded the resolution requiring masks to be worn in public places and in businesses. Moving forward, we will be following the Governor's guidance. Businesses are able to set their own standards for wearing masks on their premises.

Real Estate Appraisal

City-wide Reappraisal Update

Appraisal notices for residential owners are scheduled to be mailed on Friday, June 4. If you agree with the value, you do not need to do anythimg. There is an outlined process for grievances, please be sure to read that information when you receive your notice, as it contains grievance information, including deadlines and contact numbers.

Reappraisal FAQs

Appraisal notices for commerical property owners are slightly delayed. More info to come.

Market Street Stormwater Pond - Goose

Market Street Stormwater Park Wins Facility of Merit Award

Last week VRPA ( Vermont Recreation and Parks Association) hosted it’s annual awards meeting and selected the Market Street Stormwater Park as a Facility of Merit.  Congratulations to the SE Group for their beautiful design and final product as well as all those involved from the City on the project team! 

Learn more. 

Bike Share

Greenride Bikeshare
Re-Launches with E-bike Fleet

Greenride Bikeshare, serving the cities of South Burlington, Burlington, and Winooski, re-launched this past week with brand-new electric-assist bikes system-wide.  Learn more.

Auditorium Seating

Seating in the new auditorium.

City Offices, Library +Senior Center Near Completion

The new building that will house the City’s Public Library, City Hall, City Clerk’s office and a Senior Center is nearing completion.  The building, located at 180 Market Street in City Center, has been years in the planning, development, financing and construction process and will provide an excellent, functional and efficient location for many City services.   Read more.

Citizens Committee

Council Clarifies Qualifications to Serve on City Advisory Committees

The City Council passed a resolution seeking to clarify who is eligible to serve on City Advisory Committees. The City Council has established multiple committees to advise it on matters of policy ranging from protection of natural resources to the establishment of bike and pedestrian facilities.  In recent years there has been an interest raised by residents who are not US citizens or who are under 18 years of age to serve on committees.   Read more.

Bike on street

South Burlington Designated a Bicycle Friendly Community

On Wednesday, May 19th, the League of American Bicyclists announced that South Burlington was designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the Bronze level.  This is the first time that the City has received this designation.        Learn more.

Swift and Spear

Swift & Spear Presentation
June 8   |   7 pm   |  Virtual

The Swift & Spear Feasibility Study sponsored by the City of South Burlington, CCRPC, and their design consultants has been exploring options to improve walking, bicycling, and driving through the Swift Street / Spear Street intersection. 

Learn more.

Chris Shaw

Shaw Reappointed as Representative to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

South Burlington resident Chris Shaw has been re-appointed by the City Council to represent the City on the Board of Directors of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) The appointment is for an additional two-year term and Shaw has been selected by the rest of the Board to serve as Vice Chair in the year ahead pending his reappointment. 

Read more.

Fire fighter fitness

Firefighters and Fitness Testing

Today’s firefighters are expected to be extreme occupational athletes!

Firefighters perform many of their duties in an environment that induces extreme physiological and psychological stress. Our work space can be in a dark, hot - 400–500-degree environment while wearing, or carrying 50-75 pound of Personal Protective Ensemble (PPE) and the tools they need to extinguish and then overhaul a fire scene.   Read more.

COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Re-Opens For Residents 

The pandemic has made it hard for thousands of Chittenden County residents to pay for housing. Earlier this month, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency resumed offering federal grants to help qualified lower and middle-income homeowners with economic hardship from the pandemic pay back property taxes and mortgage payments.   Learn more.

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

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School Board Meeting

June 2   |  7 pm

Agenda can be found at

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

Monday, June 7   |  6:30 pm  | Virtual

  • Introduce & Welcome incoming City Manager, Jessie Baker
  • CSWD Annual Budget presentation (7 pm)
  • Appoint representative to the CSWD Board
  • Reappraisal Update
  • Consider and possibly approve solar installation at water treatment plant
  • Interviews with applicants for appointment to South Burlington Boards, Commissions and Committees
  • Council consideration and possible action on a resolution related to climate change and the environment
  • 3-Acre Rule Update to Stormwater Ordinances
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
Phone (audio only):  (872) 240-3212

Access code:     695-841-989

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 17 meeting here.

Grand Opening Save the Date
City Hall, Public Library + Senior Center

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!

Rowan - 2021 Top Dog

New Dog & Cat Owners:  Don't forget to Register!

Are you a pet owner?  This is the time of the year that many people adopt a new dog or cat or maybe adopted a new pet during the pandemic or have a dog and cat and didn’t realize you needed to register them?  This is a friendly reminder that part of being a good pet owner is to register your pet with the City Clerk’s office.   Learn more.

Ginny Denham - art utility box

Coming to a Close!

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!



Bird Banding at Wheeler Nature Park

On May 15th, Mark LaBarr from Audubon VT led a Community Hike on Keeping Track of Vermont’s Birds at Wheeler Nature Park.  He talked about the many ways researchers and community scientists monitor Vermont’s bird populations.

Read more.

Blue bird

Spring Bird Walk at Wheeler Nature Park 
June 5  |  7:30 am  |  Register now

 Join Margaret Fowle, Senior Conservation Biologist at Audubon Vermont, in looking and listening for birds in the open and shrubland areas of Wheeler Nature Park.  Learn how to identify these species by sight and sound.

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June Weed Warrior Opportunities
Help Improve our Wildlife Habitat

June 19, 9 am - Noon, Wheeler Nature Park
June 26, 9 am - Noon, Red Rocks Park

Join our Weed Warriors and learn about invasive plant identification and removal at some of our most loved natural areas.  Interested participants will learn the best techniques and have fun doing it.


Event Roundup

Read about our current and recent events.

Thursday Night Take out 2021


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

Call us at: 802-846-4140.

Bag n Wagon Parade

Bag ‘n’ Wagon Parade - Our Library is MOVING! You can help!
Sunday, June 13   

Imagine being a part of a parade of families and other library lovers following a big blue choo-choo train across Dorset Street! We invite you – kids, moms and dads, and other library lovers – to our Bag ‘n’ Wagon parade that will start at the temporary library at the University Mall on June 13th and end outside our new Library at 180 Market Street.    Learn more.

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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