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Debbie Landauer 
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Re: “South Burlington Council Wanted a Say in Burlington Zoning Change

Neighbors from surrounding residential areas have been trying to communicate many concerns about this zoning change and concert venue proposal for some time, all to no avail. Burlington's Zoning Ordinance Committee and full City Council have steadfastly igrored residents' concerns (except for Joan Shannon, who seems to be listening and perhaps understands that this is a huge change in zoning and will have lasting significant impacts which deserve meaningful and careful managing.) Our Ward 5 rep, Chip Mason has close business ties with both Burton and Higher Ground and so was recused from this issue, leaving us without adequate representation on the City Council.
Our concerns include noise both inside and outside, traffic, late-night drunken behavior, increase in crime, lack of supporting infrastructure, small local roads not up to 800 cars per concert, quality of life and property values in the residential neighborhoods surrounding the Burton campus, impact on the serenity people seek and the wildlife in Redrock Park, and more.
The Zoning and Planning office apparently had been working with Burton behind the scenes for months to re-write the zoning laws without any public process. This change to allow performing arts up to 15,000 sq. ft. south of Hme Ave. is in direct conflict with Plan BTV South End - a long term and publicly vetted plan.
It is discouraging and frustrating that in this case this city government is operating without transparency or public inclusion and with a deaf ear.
Also, FYI, many of the pro-Burton folks at the meetings seem to be reps from the Burlington Business Assoc. and Burton employees.

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Posted by Debbie Landauer on 06/19/2019 at 9:09 PM

Re: “'A Girl in the Race'? Sue Minter Weighs a Run for Governor

You need to stop referring to grown women as "girls" even if you put quotes around the word. It's totally insulting.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Debbie Landauer on 08/07/2015 at 9:18 PM

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