The vision for City Center is to effectively blend existing neighborhoods, commercial areas, natural areas, undeveloped properties, and undeveloped lands into the true downtown of South Burlington. The downtown will provide increased connectivity through new cross streets; support an integrated mix of housing, retail, and employment; and be a primary focus point for compact, walkable development within the City.
South Burlington’s City Center initiative supports this objective by establishing public buildings and gathering spaces and building or reconstructing streets that connect to the principal corridors of the area. Combined, these provide opportunities for housing and employment in an area well served by public transit and existing public utilities, and create linkages to existing neighborhoods in the area.
—South Burlington Comprehensive Plan, adopted spring 2016
This vision for South Burlington’s downtown - City Center - has been a dominant feature of the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan as far back as 1985. For more than thirty years, the community has planned for and invested in the development of our own downtown. That vision is now becoming a reality.
A downtown envisioned
On the November 2018 ballot:
Library + Senior Center + City Hall
The South Burlington City Council has approved a ballot item for the November 6th General Election that asks voters for permission to incur debt for a new Library, Senior Center, Clerk’s Office, Auditorium and City Hall that is planned to be constructed on Market Street.
The new community center is expected to serve the public for the next 100 years as a governmental center as well as a place to gather, socialize and engage in educational and other activities. Public projects of this nature have been part of the planning for South Burlington’s City Center for decades and is the next phase in public investment following the reconstruction of Market Street and the creation of City Center Park.
The primary funding sources for the community center will be Tax Increment Financing revenues provided to us by the State and reserve funds that are being accumulated every year as part of the general fund. The result is that no additional property taxes will be required from South Burlington residents to pay for the debt on this project. Learn more...
Fully funded for construction: Market Street
This first public vote on City Center Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District funded two projects and related costs:
- the reconstruction of Market Street,
- the development of City Center Park—Dumont Parcel, and
- costs related to the application, implementation, and administration of the TIF District.
Reconstruction of Market Street
This project began in the summer of 2018. It will rebuild Market Street—from Dorset Street to Hinesburg Road—as a downtown main street. It has been planned for pedestrian, bike, and vehicular traffic. Portions of the roadway will be closed through late November 2018, reopening for the winter, and then closing again the following late winter/early spring of 2019.
Completed: City Center Park Phase I (Dumont Parcel)
This project, completed in 2018, is a publicly accessible passive recreation space with trails, marked entrances, seating, discoverable mysteries, and sufficient infrastructure to allow for the enjoyment and protection of tributaries to the Potash Brook and associated wetlands and buffers. This phase included construction of a trail network—connecting Iby Street to Barrett Street—while maintaining important natural features and providing recreational opportunities. Years of planning have gone into the design for City Center Park, with extensive engagement and input.
The 7.65 acre wooded parcel of land is tucked into the Iby/Barrett Street neighborhood and is accessible from both streets.
How does Tax Increment Financing (TIF) contribute?
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) captures future additional tax income from new private development (growth) around public projects (amenities), that would otherwise be sent to the State Education Fund. The revenue collected over 20 years may be invested in public infrastructure and facilities right here in South Burlington. In 2017, the City began to collect TIF revenue that will be used on TIF projects.
The Capital Improvement Program includes the capital projects that may be built using TIF District Financing and details projected cash flows to implement the project and to make payments on anticipated financing, by cost type and funding source. NOTE that this a is a planning document, funds may or may not be committed. This is updated each winter.
The Project Implementation Process flow chart detail the phases and steps that are taken to implement each project using TIF District Financing.
Access the videos of past meetings on CCTV's Channel 17 or view the powerpoint presentations: