Matt Cota

Cota Joins Development Review Board

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Thursday September 03, 2015

Matt Cota is the newest member of the South Burlington Development Review Board (DRB). He will serve a three-year term, replacing former DRB member Brian Breslend. This change returns the board to seven members.

How long have you been a South Burlington resident? What drew you here?
I moved to South Burlington with my wife and two children in 2013. The excellent schools and recreational opportunities are what first attracted us to South Burlington. We were also coming from a very rural area of Vermont and wanted to live in a larger city.

What sparked your interest in joining the Development Review Board? What was your background prior to becoming a DRB member?
I think most people would like to give back to their community in some way, whether it is coaching, mentoring, or volunteering in some capacity. My background and interests steered me toward volunteering for the DRB. I have a Political Communications degree from George Washington University and a Masters from California State University-Northridge in public policy with a concentration on urban planning. I served for three years on the planning commission in the town of Plainfield, Vermont. In my professional life, I have experience working with individuals and organizations with diverse interests. I have worked as a reporter, teacher, and currently run a business association. I have also volunteered for numerous non-profit boards and committees.

What are your thoughts about Form Based Code, and the future of City Center?
Any proposal to strengthen and improve South Burlington’s downtown core will present a significant opportunity and challenge. I look forward to the planning process.

When you’re not working or serving on the board, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my family, snowboarding with my son and daughter in the winter, and swimming and golfing in the summer. 

The Development Review Board is a seven member volunteer board made up of South Burlington citizens who are appointed by the City Council. Tim Barritt serves as chair, Bill Miller serves as vice chair, and David Parsons serves as clerk. Other members include Mark Behr (longest-serving DRB member), Jennifer Smith, and John Wilking. 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 at 575 Dorset Street.

SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent