South Burlington City News - May 11 , 2022

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South Burlington City News

May 11, 2022   -    Local Government News Direct to You 


Hello South Burlington,  

As the weather warms and the buds pop, the feeling of rejuvenation, revitalization, and growth can be felt across South Burlington.  From spring sports starting up to new plantings around the City, it’s a great time to get out an connect with our neighbors and celebrate the coming seasons.  As we think about this yearly new growth, it’s also exciting to think about the growth happening in our business community. 

The end of April and beginning of May saw a significant community and regional success with the expansion of BETA in South Burlington.  BETA, a cutting-edge company at the forefront of electrifying aircraft and addressing climate change is expanding in South Burlington.  When we found there were local hurdles to their expansion, City staff and elected and appointed officials worked quickly with them to address both permitting and land use concerns.  Together, we arrived at local solutions.  On April 26th the DRB issued their decision on BETA’s manufacturing facility.  And on May 2nd the City Council approve an amendment to the Land Development Regulations that would fix permitting challenges for businesses “inside the security fence” at the Airport.  Many folks worked to make this all come together.  To the staff of BETA, city staff, elected officials, appointed officials, and community members who played a hand in this success, I would like to share my and our thanks. 

There are many other businesses growing here in South Burlington, providing great new employment opportunities for our residents and providing community vibrancy.  OnLogic is set to break ground on a new expanded facility on Community Drive this spring.  Eastern Real Estate and Taconic Capital Advisors took ownership of the University Mall in March and are working on plans to bring even more vibrancy to the site.  And, of course, the Alpine Shop has moved to Shelburne Road with a significant expansion of size and offerings.  Please join me in welcoming these developments (and many others underway in our business community) to South Burlington! 

As always, if you have questions or ideas to share, please feel free to reach out to me at or at (802) 846-4100.

My best,

Jessie Baker

South Burlington City Manager


City Council Adopts Changes to Land Development Regulations

Park Benches

The Council voted unanimously on May 2nd to approve a set of amendments to the City’s Land Development Regulations. These changes include:

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Charger In Car

Latest on the City’s Climate Action Plan

The City’s Climate Action Plan Task Force has been working hard this winter to put together the City’s first ever plan to tackle climate change. The goal, set by Council mirroring the State of Vermont and Paris Accord, is ambitious: to achieve 90% renewable energy use, and at least 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, by 2050.

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Seeking Volunteers for City Committees

Volunteer Hands

Application Deadline:   May 26, 2022 

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? 

The following committees have openings:

Affordable Housing Committee
3 – 3 Year seats - Expire 2025

Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee
3 – 3 Year seats - Expire 2025
1 – 1 Year remaining - Expire 2023

City Charter
2 - 3 Year seats – Expire 2025

Common Area for Dogs
2 – 3 Year seats – Expire 2025

Development and Review Board (DRB)
1 – 3 Year seat – Expire 2025
1 – 4 Year Seat – Expire 2026

Economic Development Committee (EDC)
4 - 3 Year Seats – Expire 2025

Energy Committee
4 – 3 Year Seats – Expire 2025
1 – 2 Year Remaining – Expire 2024
1 – 1 Year Remaining – Expire 2023

Housing Trust Fund Committee
1 - 3 Year Seat – Expire 2025

Library Board of Trustees
4 – 3 Year Seats – Expire 2025
1 – 2 Year Remaining – Expire 2024  
1 – 1 Year Remaining – Expire 2023

Natural Resources & Conservation Committee
3 – 3 Year seats - Expire 2025
1 – 1 Year remaining - Expire 2023

Pension Advisory Committee (PAC)
1 - 1 Year seat – Expire 2023

Planning Commission
1 - 3 Year seat – Expire 2025

Public Art
1 - 3 Year seat – Expire 2025

Recreation & Parks Committee
3 – 3 Year Seats – Expire 2025

To Apply and learn More

Community Hike

Community Hike Series

All Things Spring: Ephemeral & Vernal Pools

May 14 | Red Rocks Park | 10 am-1 pm

Led by: Fred Konitsky, Vermont Master Naturalist

Join us for a hike where we will cover all things spring.  We will talk about vernal pools and their importance for amphibians, spring ephemerals and how their flowering strategy helps them survive, and how climate change could impact different species (i.e.: changes to migration patterns).

Come dressed for the weather, including layers, long pants and sleeves, and proper footwear.  Springtime weather in Vermont can be muddy and wet, so be prepared.  It is never too early to prepare for ticks, so consider appropriate tick prevention.

Children under 18 are welcome, but they do need to be accompanied by an adult. 

Registration for this session will close by 3 PM the Friday before the event.

Sign up now

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?

VA Telehealth Now Offered at The Library

VA Telehealth

Starting Monday, May 16, 2022, area Veterans will be able to access Veterans Affairs (VA) Telehealth at the new South Burlington Public Library (SBPL), located at 180 Market St. in South Burlington. 

Through a partnership with the White River Junction VA Healthcare System, the library offers a private, comfortable space designated for Veteran use. The space is fully equipped with an iPad that allows easy access to VA Video Connect, the application used by VA for virtual health care appointments. The new space includes medical equipment that may be required for some visits and offers enhanced privacy features. The Library is ADA accessible.

Learn More Here


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.

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!

School District
Events & News

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School Board Meetings

May 18, 2022 | 6:00 pm
Regular Meeting

Agenda and participation info on the District website under Announcements


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Access agendas and minutes.

Monday, May 16, 2022  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • Discussion on Veterans Park at Dorset Street
  • Approve lease of 577 Dorset Street to the South Burlington School District
  • Appoint Council Liaisons to Committees

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  • 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 May 2, 2022 meeting here.


SoBuPlay Spring 2022


The Spring Issue is now LIVE! Check it out!



SBRP Track Opportunities

Track & Field

Coaches Jane and Silas are back this season!  Come join them and other SBHS student-athletes to train in both track and field events. We look to schedule a mini-meet or two (Home-Away) with other area programs learn more and Register here.

Tykes Track

Coach Lindsay Mott is instructing our Tykes/Kinderpro Track program again this summer.  Come join her at the SBHS track on Wednesday evenings and have fun!.  Learn More and register!



Thursday Night 2022

Thursday Night Take-Out - TNT

Starting May 12th we will have food trucks back at Veterans Memorial Park, every Thursday evening from 5-8 pm. This event is a build-up to our food truck and music series, SoBu Nite Out, that starts in July. Follow our social media accounts to see what food trucks will be in the park each Thursday night.

Click here to see all dates

chalk walk

Chalk-the-Walk - May 14th

Let's celebrate spring. Come join us for our 2nd annual Chalk-the-Walk event and make the park just a little bit brighter. 

More info

Kites in the Park

Kites in the Park - May 21st

Come celebrate the first warm days of Spring and the opportunity to get out in the parks! Bring your own kite or come make one with us. 

More info


Bees and Friends

Bees & Friends @ Wheeler Community Garden

May 22 | 2 pm | Wheeler House

Set to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Bees & Friends is a colorful, imaginative ballet highlighting critters familiar to gardeners of all ages! Bees, caterpillars, cardinals, fireflies and butterflies will dance among the trees and flowers, celebrating and honoring their importance to a healthy, thriving ecosystem.

Join us when doors open for family friendly events centered around themes of pollination! Click here for more info


Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center

Location:   First floor,  180 Market Street 

May Senior Activities Guide

May Senior Center Activities Guide

All planned May activities in the Senior Center are listed on its calendar via the link below.

Please note that some programs are required to be pre-registered for and have fees.

Reminder - Wednesday and Friday lunches must be pre-registered for in advance. Sign up by the Friday before for a Wednesday lunch or the Monday before for a Friday lunch.
If you have any questions about the programs, please contact Rebecca at 923-5545 or email at

May Activities Guide


Yoga for You (Drop-in) 
Thursdays | 9:30-10:30 am | $13

Whether you are an experienced yogi or rolling out your mat for the first time, “Yoga for You” will provide a journey inward to connect with our minds, bodies, and souls.

An all level vinyasa based class, weaved with mindfulness and restoration. 

More info




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


The Public Library is open:

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

Art Book Ross Sheehan

A Different Place Altogether – Artist and Illustrator Ross Sheehan

Visit the Library this month and enjoy the work of local artist, Ross Sheehan. Ross is an artist, illustrator, and educator investigating themes of psychogeography and exploring layers of memory and dreams in relation to physical and subconscious spaces and places.

In his exhibition statement, Ross states:

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Library Online Resources

Find a list of online resources at our website under Services. Here is some information about three that come to us through support from the VT Department of Libraries.

Learning Express - Provides training for workplace, academic, and job-hunting skills. It offers training for occupation exams, skills for school, exploration of careers, resume and interview help, and more...

Universal Class - Offers a wide range of online courses (from business to cooking, computers to social work) that are led by a real instructor.

Vermont Online Library - Covering everything from magazine and newspaper articles to DIY car repair and business help.

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English Second Language

SB Library Welcomes ESL Learners

The Library is honored to serve people for whom English is a second language. Monthly conversation groups are in place and a new introduction to the library catalog and web page is coming soon!

Welcome to Your Library for ESL Learners

Monday May 16, 6:00 pm

English Conversation Circle


Monday May 23, 12pm

Learn More HERE



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.