John Wilking joins the DRB

John Wilking Joins DRB

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Thursday May 15, 2014

Welcome John Wilking, the newest member of the Development Review Board. Wilking currently fills the seat once occupied by former DRB member, Michael Sirotkin, bringing the board back to seven members. Wilking will serve out the rest of Sirotkin’s term through June of this year.

What is your background prior to becoming a Development Review Board member?

I have owned Neville Companies, a real estate management firm, since 1989 with offices here in South Burlington and in Somerville, Mass.  With well over 30 years of real estate operations under my belt, I thought I could bring some additional practical knowledge to the board. 

What sparked your interest in becoming a Development Review Board member? 

I have worked on city related projects many times over the years, with most recent work assisting on the City Manager Selection Committee.  I felt that the timing was right for me to give back a little more time to the community, and the DRB is a natural for my skills. 

How long have you been a South Burlington resident?

21 years.  My wife, Wanda, and I bought an old farmhouse on Dorset Street in the SEQ in 1993, and I expect we’ll be there forever.  We have two great kids, Chatham and Bentley, who are both at SBHS. 

The DRB abides by the current Land Development Regulations, but do you have an opinion on Form Based Code, which is planned to be the new zoning regulation for City Center and eventually the entire city?

While I don’t pretend to be an expert in Form Based Code, I can certainly see merit.  My opinion is that phasing this in with City Center, and perhaps one or two specific other areas of the city, would have the advantage of allowing the bugs, which any new set of regulations will reveal, to be worked out prior to a decision on  whether the code should run throughout the city. 

What are your interests and hobbies?

My life seems to rotate around work, kids, community and a little exercise.  Lots of folks know me from my early morning walks, from banging away on the outside of our big, yellow house, or from Rotary.  I had the honor, through Rotary, to be the president while building the Dorset Park Band Shell, to guide both a Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop in town, and to co-chair the Police Recognition Dinner each year.  I play squash, scuba dive occasionally, and can be seen encouraging my daughter’s musical groups and son’s sports teams whenever and wherever they play.

SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent