South Burlington City News - March 28, 2022

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South Burlington City News

March 28, 2022   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

University Mall entrance

University Mall Under New Ownership

Taconic Capital Advisors and Eastern Real Estate have partnered to acquire the University Mall.

"We are excited to be part of the University Mall’s future with partners who care about making this lace a positive and enduring part of the South Burlington community,” said Alex Fleming, director, Taconic Capital Advisors. “The property has been a gathering place for decades and our commitment is to build on its success as a vital retail and economic asset for Vermont.”

Read more.

weight limit

City Roads in Springtime 

Weight Limits, Cleaning, & Potholes

South Burlington does not close roads or impose additional weight limit restrictions in the spring. All South Burlington roads use the State’s standard weight limit of 24,000 pounds (defined in state statute). Anything over that weight needs to obtain an overweight permit from the DPW.

The permit can be obtained from the Department of Public Works.  During mud season, we may ask overweight vehicles to avoid certain roads on a case by case basis.

Now that temperatures are rising and the ground is thawing DPW is shifting out of winter mode and getting ready for our normal spring / summer activities. We’re currently taking equipment (street sweepers, line striping equipment, etc) out of storage and de-winterizing it. If the weather holds, you should see our crews out sweeping and striping in the next few weeks. Our highway crew has been filling potholes with cold patch between snow storms all winter. Once the paving plants open in a few weeks we’ll switch over to hot mix, which stays in the potholes much better than the cold patch. Motorists should notice an improvement in road surface conditions.


Please register cats and dogs by April 1.

Mr Fin - cat registration

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.  

Deadline to Register:  April 1

Learn more.

Shelburne Rd Looking North

New Building Approved on Shelburne Road

The Development Review Board has approved a new 4-story, mixed use building to take the place of the former Kaigle’s service station on Shelburne Street. The new building will include two stories of commercial space, two stories of residential space containing 9 dwelling units, associated parking, site amenities, and landscaping.

Volunteer - hands

Looking to serve your community? 

We are looking for volunteers to serve on City commissions and boards. This is an immediate need and will be to fill the current term.

Development Review Board (DRB)  

The Development Review Board is charged with reviewing applications for land development and
making determinations on compliance with the City’s Land Development Regulations. Knowledge or strong interest in architecture and engineering, construction, natural resources, transportation, land use law, and/or broad knowledge of the community is encouraged. Experience with, or willingness to learn to read engineering or architectural drawings is a must. Meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month with occasional supplemental meetings and modified dates.       

Planning Commission                   

The Planning Commission is charged with preparing the City’s Comprehensive Plan, reviewing and updating the City’s Land Development Regulations, and undertaking long range planning studies for the community. Knowledge or strong interest in community development, social engagement, land
use, economics, housing, transportation, public health, natural resources, the ways in which people and communities interact is encouraged. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month with occasional supplemental meetings and modified dates, and assignments to special working groups.

Public Art Committee              

The committee is building out information about public art in South Burlington on the City’s web page, managing the public art gallery, holding long-delayed dedications for City Center public art, and laying the ground work for a South Burlington cultural assessment/plan with an
artist and organization resources inventory. Meets monthly.        

Learn more or apply today!

Bike Ped Connections


The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday April 12th, 7:00 pm, to consider a change to the City’s Official Map. The change would add planned recreation paths to connect to the recently-funded Bike/Ped Bridge across I-89 just south of Exit 14.

Learn more here

Video reel

City Meetings Video Archive

City Council, Development Review Board, and Planning Commission

Did you know that the videos of these group meetings are available online?

Peregrine Falcons

Peregrine Falcons Breeding in the Park

By Margaret Fowle, Conservation Biologist, Audubon Vermont

Peregrine Falcons have become a much more common sight in Vermont in the past few decades, and South Burlington residents can now proudly claim their own nesting pair at Red Rocks Park.

Read more


Phishing & Spoofing 

Tactics to access your personal information and data are on the rise.  Check out this information from the FBI about phishing and spoofing; and what to do to protect yourself.

Learn more.


BTV - aerial terminal 3

Wondering where you can get information about the BTV Sound Mitigation Program?

Access maps, plans, and find answers to questions at


Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program

Vermont's Homeowner Assistance Program Offering Grants

Now accepting applications
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) is now accepting applications from Vermont homeowners who are behind on their housing expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funded through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, the Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program provides grants for eligible Vermont homeowners for missed payments on their mortgage, utilities, property taxes, and homeowner's or condominium association fees. The program is restricted to expenses related to a homeowner's primary home (other eligibility criteria apply). 

To learn more and apply, visit

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program - LIHWAP

The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) launched the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to help eligible households pay their water and wastewater bills. The program runs from November 2021 through September 2023, with the potential to be extended. LIHWAP is a national program established by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to help families experiencing financial hardship.

Eligible households are those with gross household income below 60% of the state median income based on household size. Priority will be given to households whose water/wastewater has been disconnected or is at risk of being disconnected.

Customers can download/print the application at

School District
Events & News

SB School District logo

School Board Meetings

March 30 |  6:30 pm
Regular Meeting

Agenda and participation info on the District website under Announcements


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


Access agendas and minutes.

Monday, April 4  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • Award Top Dog and First Feline
  • Declaration of Inclusion
  • Common Roots Annual Update
  • Receipt of Draft amendments to LDRs (General PUD & Site Amenities); warning of public hearing
  • Consider lease of 577 Dorset Street to the South Burlington School District
  • Fund balance allocation from the Sewer Fund for the band screen repair for the Airport Parkway Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Phone (audio only): (669) 224-3412 
Access code: 822-381-621

Virtual etiquette guidelines:
  • Keep your camera and microphone off.
  • During invitations for the public to speak, you should turn your camera on to be recognized.
  • If you are having audio issues using your computer's audio, we find it works best to watch the meeting on your device AND dial in to the phone number directly. 

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 March 21, 2022 meeting here.



Airport II

The South Burlington’s Planning Commission has set up a volunteer Airport Rezoning Task Force to consider a possible zoning change to allow aviation-related uses and buildings on land east of Airport Parkway, in the vicinity of Kirby Road Extension. The request was made by the landowner, the Burlington International Airport.  Read more

Potash Brook crossing - existing condition

Potash Brook Crossing Feasibility Study

During Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 13, 2022  | 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Virtual Meeting Link:

You are invited to join the Committee in a discussion of proposed alternatives to connect the Kimball Avenue shared use path over the Potash Brook stream crossing.  The project considers options for an approximately 1,200-foot-long shared use path, that completes a gap in the City’s network and provides some regional connectivity to Williston.

This is a feasibility study funded by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.  The project team is seeking public input before finalizing the study.

If you have questions about this meeting, please contact Ashley Parker, City Project Manager:



SoBuPlay Spring 2022

SoBu Play

The Spring Issue is now LIVE! Check it out!



Summer Camp Open

This summer we’ll have camps ranging from Science, Safari, Chess, Nature, Rocketry, Pottery, CSI to multiple sport offerings like Track, Baseball, Fishing, Tennis, Soccer and Flag Football.  Visit our website and click on the individual camps to read more about them.  Space is limited, be sure to register early!


Take out and SoBu Night Out

Got Food Trucks?

Are you a food vendor or a friend of one who might be interested in being a part of our food truck events this spring and summer? We are looking for vendors for our TNT (Thursday Night Take-Out) event in May and June, as well as our SoBu Nite Out event in July and August. Application forms are below.

TNT Application

SoBu Nite Out Application 

youth lacrosse

Coed Youth Lacrosse Clinics

Come learn the great sport of lacrosse in a fun, safe and welcoming environment.  Participants can expect to start learning the skills of passing, catching, scooping and shooting.  Parents/Guardians will be asked to grab a stick and play along with the participants as needed.

Click here to register 


swim lessons

Swim Lessons

We are happy to share that we are partnering with The Edge (75 Eastwood Dr, SB) to offer South Burlington residents ages 2.5 - 13 years the opportunity to learn to swim.

Swim Lesson Offerings


Drivers Ed

Spring Driver's Ed - Register Now!

April 25 – June 3, 2022

Are you looking for a driver's ed class for your child? Look no further. Our class with Paul Dudley from Dudley's Driving Academy starts April 25th and registration ends in just a few weeks.

Click here to register

Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center

Location:   First floor,  180 Market Street 

March Activities Guide - Senior Center

March Activities Guide

All planned activities in the Senior Center are listed on its calendar via the link below. Please note that some programs need pre-regististration and have fees.

March Activities Guide



Jazzercise at SB Senior Center

Join us for our popular Jazzercise LO class. Muscles, not momentum, drive this class that is a low impact dance-based and strength training class designed with you in mind.

Click here to learn more

If you have any questions about the programs, please contact Rebecca at 923-5545 or email at



The Public Library is open:

Monday - Thursday        10 am  -  7 pm
Friday                              10 am  -  5 pm
Saturday                          10 am  -  2 pm


In April, the Library introduces South Burlington residents to the Mango Languages database.

This fantastic resource helps you to learn over 70 languages and allows non English speakers to become more fluent in English. Accessible on your computer or phone, an app for kids under five, and another for families to learn a language together, is also included.

An added benefit is the translation feature which works between any two of the languages they offer. A great way to make English language flyers accessible to others, or for New Americans to better communicate with neighbors…and Library staff! 

From select Mango Languages from the page of online resources.  Then create an account using your library card.

Seed Library 2022

Seed Library Open for 2022 Season

The Seed Library, housed in card catalog drawers on the second floor of the library, is open for the 2022 season. A wide variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds can be “checked out” for free.

Learn more.


Book Sale - April 2022

Rent the Auditorium!

Planning a concert, dance recital, debate or play? The South Burlington Public Library Auditorium is now available for public use! 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 great people to join our team. Here are a few of the several open positions:

CLICK HERE for our most current openings. We have several!


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