Community Visioning Week–Help Shape the Future of SB; Residents Invited to Participate

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Thursday February 07, 2013

As part of overhauling the city’s development regulations, Community Visioning Week for South Burlington will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 16.

The South Burlington Form Based Code Committee, Dreher Design, and the Project for Public Spaces will be hosting a series of public workshops, stakeholder meetings and focus groups throughout the week to kick off the public input portion of the process of redoing the Land Development Regulations to reflect the community’s vision.

Organizers said that the workshops are based on the belief that those who live, work, play and are invested in a place are the experts, the voices to be listened to, and the ultimate designers of a place. The local community is the expert about each place in their neighborhood, with the knowledge of what is present now, how it works, how it could be improved, what new ideas would work best in the place, how the place is connected to other great places, and how those connections could be enhanced. 

The full schedule of events is published in this week’s issue of The Other Paper and is also available online at
The Community Visioning Week will include two distinct types of events, which are open to the public:

Community Workshops:

Placemaking Workshop (Tuesday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.): The week’s kick-off event will introduce “Placemaking”, the “Power of 10”, and “Streets as Places”.

Through Placemaking, the community takes a fresh look at a shared space, creates a collaborative vision for it, and develops implementation steps.

The Power of 10 is based on the idea that a truly great community contains at least 10 great places, each of which has at least 10 great reasons for a person to visit. For example, a public park could offer food carts, places to sit, playgrounds, public art, music, and of course, the opportunity to gather with other people.

Streets as Places analyses streets as an integral piece of any community, important not only for moving vehicles, but also providing invaluable spaces for public interaction. “By designing a street the way one would design a room, the street is designed for people—creating a vibrant, active, healthy public realm instead of simply moving cars,” organizers said.

Market Street Design Workshop (Wednesday, 7 p.m.): See the ad in this week’s The Other Paper for details.

Street Character Workshop (Friday, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.):This event will focus on identifying and building upon the characteristics of South Burlington’s different street types, from major thoroughfares to main streets, to residential roads. The result will be an understanding of how these streets— and new ones— should look, feel, and act in the future.

Place and Street Audits (Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 2:30 p.m.). This final event of the Community Visioning Week will briefly review work done to date over the week and then head outside to walk, ride, and audit a series of places in South Burlington, to understand how they work today and what they can do in the future before returning for a recap. A second walking audit will take place in the early afternoon. Dress warmly and be prepared to walk around in the outdoors!

Topic-Specific Community Visioning Meetings,hosted by SB Committees

Affordable Housing
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2:30-5 p.m.

Open Space Breakfast 
Wednesday, Feb 13, 7:30-9 a.m.

Recreation Paths
Wednesday, Feb 13, 4:30-6 p.m.

Form Based Codes
Thursday, Feb 14, noon - 1:30 p.m.

Sustainable Agriculture / Food Security
Thursday, Feb 14, 2-4:30 p.m.

The Community Visioning Week and the overhaul of the City’s Land Development Regulations are part of South Burlington’s larger Path to Sustainability initiative. The Path to Sustainability is seeking to transform South Burlington into a community that will be a leader in sustainable food production, housing, transportation, energy efficiency, natural resource protection, transit-oriented development, residential quality of life, and economic growth.

Based on the ideas and recommendations generated during Community Visioning Week, the city will be making fundamental changes to its land use regulations and potentially, other city programs. City residents, property owners and businesspeople are encouraged to participate in one or more of Community Visioning Week events.

Also, people can take part in another related event this month:

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2-5 p.m., City Hall.


SOURCE: City of South Burlington