Thursday May 19, 2016
Serving on a City of South Burlington board or commission is one way members of the public can get involved with their city government. The city has been well served by the volunteer efforts of many civic-minded residents who bring a diverse and varying set of skills to the table, but they all have one thing in common – a commitment to the community. They participate in discussions that affect and shape the future of the city, provide leadership, establish policy, and address specific projects, policies and issues in regard to city actions and decision making. While many are standing committees, others provide short-term opportunities for residents to become involved. Residents who are appointed to serve on a board, commission, committee or task force volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of the community in rotating terms of one, two or three years. A wide variety of opportunities are currently available.
Affordable Housing Committee
The Affordable Housing Committee is now forming with 7 openings for this new group whose purpose is to advise city council on policy related to housing in South Burlington. The committee will meet monthly.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is an advisory committee of seven to nine volunteer citizens of South Burlington, who are appointed by the city council. The mission of the committee is to oversee the general operation of the city’s many recreational paths, including field trails and sidewalks, and to advise the city council of operational needs and future development plans for the path network. There are four openings. Meetings are typically held on the 1st Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
City Charter Committee
The South Burlington City Charter Committee receives referrals from city council regarding potential changes to the City Charter. Upon review and study the Charter Committee will make recommendations to city council addressing the matters which have been referred to it. The Charter Committee is appointed by city council and the members of the Charter Committee select their own Chair and Vice-Chair. There are two 3-year terms available.
Development Review Board (DRB)
The Development Review Board is charged with overseeing subdivision, site plan, conditional use, and all other board review applications. All meetings are open to the public and are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Conference Room. There are two positions open.
Design Review Committee (DRC)
The South Burlington Design Review Committee is a five member board of South Burlington citizens. The committee is charged with review of applications for development subject to design review and for providing support and recommendations for plans and regulations related to design, particularly in the City Center area. Design Review Committee meetings are scheduled as needed in the City Hall Conference Room. There are four openings.
The mission of the South Burlington Energy Committee is to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy resources among the city’s residents, businesses, and in municipal affairs. The committee aims to assist the city in addressing goals “to promote energy efficiency, affordable energy, and lessen our reliance (per capita) on non-renewable energy resources.” The Energy Committee meets once a month, occasionally more with working groups. There are two openings available.
Library Board of Trustees
The South Burlington Community Library has a board of six to nine trustee board members who serve renewable terms of three years. The board works closely with the Community Library Director, to meet the library’s mission. Board members attend one evening board meeting a month and also serve on subcommittees related to different aspects of running a successful and vital community library, such as finance, grant-writing, and strategic planning. The library board are members in the Vermont Library Association and the American Library Association. There are three openings available.
Natural Resources Committee
The mission of this committee is to preserve, create, and restore adequate public and private open spaces throughout the city that address needs for recreation and leisure arts, agriculture, habitat, environmental stewardship, and important public scenic views. Four terms are available. This committee meets monthly.
Pension Advisory Committee
The pension advisory committee reviews South Burlington retirement income plan investments, plan documents and makes recommendations to city administration. One position is open.
The South Burlington Planning Commission is a seven member board of South Burlington citizens. The Planning Commission is charged with overseeing revisions to the Land Development Regulations (i.e., Zoning and Subdivision Regulations), undertaking planning studies, and updating the Comprehensive Plan. The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in City Hall. There are three seats available.
The Recreation and Parks Committee
The Recreation and Parks Committee is an advisory committee to the Recreation and Parks Department, made up of seven volunteer citizens of South Burlington. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 5 p.m. at City Hall. There are three 3-year terms open.
For more information about volunteer opportunities and the application process, see the volunteer opportunities ad on page 6, or go to the city website.