NPA Nov 18 -- note meeting date changes!

Thankful for community.
Due to seasonal holidays, the NPA will meet a week earlier than usual -- on November 18 and December 16. 

Nov. 18 Agenda *VIDEO*
Facilitator: Jason
Time Keeper: Linda

  • Welcome, Agenda, Introductions, Agenda
  • Open forum with new Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
  • North Ave Task Force - update on November 10th meeting
  • Discussion with Elected and Appointed Officials


1975: North Burlington News for Northenders

The iconic Ethan Allen Tower has been a symbol of Burlington's North End for 110 years.

William J. Van Patten owned the land, and he wished it made into a public park. He and his Morgan horse, "old Mattie" -- as well as a large crew of men -- cleared underbrush, fallen or dead trees, and timber. They created a "scenic beauty", lush with growing wildlife and four winding paths called 'Table Rock Drive', 'River Bank Drive', 'Eastern Drive', and 'Pinnacle'.  
2015: Neighborhood Planning Assemblies commission WELCOME sign.

Van Patten offered twelve acres of the park land -- from the river to the road -- to the Sons of the Revolution if they would erect a stone tower with a path leading to it as a memorial to the great hero of the Green Mountain Boys, Ethan Allen, on Prospect Rock.  On Bennington's Day, 1905, a stone tower, designed by Manager R. C. Cottom, was formerly dedicated. This tower is on the highest pinnacle of land, which once was part of Ethan Allen's farm. For two centuries, this pinnacle was a lookout for Indians and European settlers who were looking for enemies who used Lake Champlain and the Winooski River as water routes leading north, south, and east.

In the Burlington Free Press from 1920 (the year Van Patten died), an article written in memory of William J. Van Patten reads, "No man in Burlington from its earliest days of settlement ever gave so much as Van Patten." The Burlington Traction Company soon extended the trolley line to accommodate the fascinating new attraction. To this day, residents from Burlington, as well as many tourists, have been enjoying the scenic paths and blooming wildlife which make up the Ethan Allen Park.


October 28, 2015 NPA Meeting

You may watch the program on-line by clicking  HERE:



Sept. 22, 6pm
Leddy parking lot and Arena Meeting Room.
NOTE: Now the dirt pile is an active remediation area, dumped on Leddy Park by the City!
New PCB sign on the dirt pile --  in small print!

WPTZ: Burlington Residents Voice Concerns on Contaminated Soil


Last month at NPA, we learned that BPD will train residents in use of the radar speed monitor so we can check out the idea that many cars exceed the speed limit on North Avenue making it unsafe for people on bikes and at pedestrian crossings.  Many have tested speed by driving the limit, observing the speed of other cars relative to their own and seeing how many people pass them. The highest accident rate in the city is in the 4 lane area of the Avenue. Speed law in Burlington is 25 unless otherwise posted. Residents report that about 30% of cars are driving 40-45, cutting back and forth to pass cars going the speed limit! Test it for yourself -- check out a radar monitor from BPD. (This just in: CRASH on the Avenue, driver going 80 on a rainy night, reaching for cell phone, I mean radio...)

SEPT. 23, 2015  7PM

7:00pm-7:05pm - Agenda, Ground Rules,  Introductions & Announcements
7:05pm-7:20pm - Burlington Police Department, Lt. Young. Speeding on North Avenue
7:20pm-7:40pm - Accessory apartments, tiny houses, duplex zoning, and discussion of Home Sharing and AirBnB - Scott Guston, Senior Planner.
7:40pm-7:50pm - North Ave Corridor Task Force Report Back
7:50pm-8:00pm - Bike Walk Task Force Report Back 
8:00pm-8:15pm - Open Forum/Speakout
8:15pm-9:00pm - Reports from appointed and elected officials

Tiny House in the City


Accessory Dwelling Unit over the Garage


RESOLUTION: The Ward 4 and 7 NPAs request that the stockpiled soils be removed from Leddy Park. YES? NO?


WPTZ NEWS: http://www.wptz.com/news/new-push-to-remove-contaminated-soil-from-park/34873672

7:00-7:10 - WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS (events, maximum 30 seconds), AGENDA, GROUND RULES. 

7:10-7:30- Speak-outs (2 minutes maximum, may speak no more than once if anyone who has not spoken)

7:30-8:15 - Reports from Elected and Appointed Officials.

8:15-8:45 - Dirt Pile Presentation, Questions, and vote on resolution*.
    • 5 min. - Jesse invited to do presentation.
    • 10 min. - Questions for Jesse.
    • 15 min. - Presentation and vote on resolution distributed at last meeting.
    • Announcement of upcoming meeting(s) on the topic.
CANCEL - Preview of Orphanage Development - Owiso Makuku

8:45-9:00 - North Avenue Corridor Study Committee Report-Back

RESOLUTION: The Ward 4 and 7 NPAs request that the stockpiled soils be removed from Leddy Park. The NPAs recognize that additional testing must first occur before the soils can be removed. To that end, we urge in the strongest possible terms, that the BPRW, the DEC, and the EPA collaborate to ensure that the timeline for testing of the soil is significantly shortened, thus expediting the process for removal of the soil from Leddy Park as soon as possible. 

Photo from Google, submitted by a resident: This is a Google Earth image of Leddy Soils. Estimate of the date taken is early June, 2015.
The lower, center portion of the pile clearly shows the runoff that we have documented.

Looking at the current Earth image of the parking lot site, one can clearly see evidence of run off throughout the entire lot below the piles. But runoff is absent from the southern portion of the lot.


Nate Wildfire, CEDO Brownfields Manager 

"There’s only two ways to deal with really contaminated brownfields," Wildfire said. “Cover it, and don’t let anybody dig it in for a really long time, or haul it away.”

The Pile

Thanks to all that cared .Although the pile in Leddy should not be there . Thanks to the special few the pile is covered with black plastic , staw bales around the bottom. Even thought it is not a place for that stuff to be there it might stop some from our lake.Just think how much would have made it to the lake if we did not care . Because they didn't. We need more people to stand up for what we think is right even if they don't. This post was by George


Residents report more dirt being brought to Leddy Park. Councilors asked to inquire about that. Soil should have been tested BEFORE it was moved. 

FPF: Dirt in Leddy
Although I can follow the logic put forward for storing the dirt in Leddy, I would like to hear a plan for removing it with a real time frame. I've heard that the City might be allowed to mix it into asphalt or concrete. I find this very unlikely, but either way it should not take long to determine if this is realistic. The signs say the dirt will be removed in 2015. What is the plan and when will it happen?

More Contaminated Soil at Leddy Park?


I spend a ton of time in Leddy Park riding my bike, walking my dog, hiking the trails, swimming and watching amazing evening soccer matches between people from as far away as Africa, Nepal, and Europe. It is an outdoor enthusiasts playground located just outside our back doors. Lately on my walks I've reflected on the history of the land, the park and on how grateful I am to have this resource a few blocks from my home. It means a lot to me. Like anything that means a lot to me I want to help care for it.
The city of Burlington acquired Leddy Park in the 70’s. Originally, it was named “Wabanaki,” which means “thanksgiving” in the Abenaki language. It was assumed that the Abenaki people frequented this land during the 1700’s. However, it was soon renamed after one of the commissioners that played a major role in acquiring the land, Judge Bernard J. Leddy.
On my morning walks this summer I've also been reflecting on the increasing pressures Leddy Park is facing as a direct result of urban intensification and development projects taking place in other parts of Burlington. Leddy Park is currently the "temporary" home to four contaminated piles of dirt and debris excavated directly from the Moran area. While many people are enjoying cocktails, fundraising events and Kathy Montstream's beautiful painting exhibits at (and of) the Moran plant's haunting interiors I and my neighbors are stuck with the former coal gasification plant's contaminated soils. These piles contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Banned in the 1970s The International Agency For Research on Cancer now classifies PCBs as no longer "probable carcinogens." They now classify them as known carcinogens.http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Publications/techrep42/TR42-17.pdf
In my conversations around town I've met a lot of folks who knew Judge Leddy very well. They tell me I'd have a lot in common with him: an avid outdoorsman, caring and involved with his community. When I talk with his relatives and read about him on Wikipedia I realize what an incredible man he was. Many people tell me he would be appalled if he knew the parking lot at his park was holding grounds for stockpiled contaminated soils from the Moran area.
In my next post I'm going to discuss how Leddy Park is an ideal spot for even more contaminated soils from the downtown development of Burlington. And why we should care more.



JULY 22 NPA  AGENDA  ITEMS Miller Ctr, 6:45pm
  • Speak Out
  • Contaminated soil stored in Leddy Park.
  • Discussion of City issues with elected and appointed officials 
  • Public Hearing: 451 Ethan Allen Parkway proposed project
  • Reports from North Avenue Corridor Task Force and Bike/Walk Plan representatives
RESOLUTION: The Ward 4 and 7 NPAs request that the stockpiled soils be removed from Leddy Park. The NPAs recognize that additional testing must first occur before the soils can be removed. To that end, we urge in the strongest possible terms, that the BPRW, the DEC, and the EPA collaborate to ensure that the timeline for testing of the soil is significantly shortened, thus expediting the process for removal of the soil from Leddy Park as soon as possible.

*Have you seen the dirt pile? Take a tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz879z4g-k4

*Are you informed about PCBs and how/why the dirt got dumped in Leddy Park
"People are pretty upset with the pile," explains Dave Hartnett, the independent city councilor representing Burlington's North District. This week, Hartnett and fellow councilor Kurt Wright (R-Ward 4) met with Bridges to press for a removal date. So far Bridges hasn't committed to one. He says more tests must be conducted on the dirt, and then he needs permission from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on how to safely dispose of the soils.

Notice of Public Meeting Re: 451 Ethan Allen Parkway
Ward 4 & 7 Neighborhood Planning Assembly 
Date: July 22, 2015 Time of Meeting: 7:00 pm 
Location: 130 Gosse Ct, Burlington, VT 05408 (Robert E. Miller Community Center)  
Adjoining landowners are hereby notified of a public meeting before the Ward 4 & 7 Neighborhood Planning Assembly at the above time and place regarding a proposed project, located at 451 Ethan Allen Parkway, Burlington, VT 05408, that has been submitted to the Burlington Department of Planning and Zoning for approval. 
Proposed Project Information: Landowners are seeking zoning approval for a nine-unit planned residential development in three buildings on a 7.16-acre parcel of land located between 437 and 463 Ethan Allen Parkway. The complete zoning application is available for review at the Burlington Department of Planning and Zoning (149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401) and the law offices of Burak Anderson & Melloni, plc, (30 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05402).
Information materials will be available for review in the atrium of the Miller Center from 6:30-7pm. A preview of the project will be part of our regular agenda.
We will miss you Linda. 
Questions about North Ave Corridor Plan?
Nicole Losch, PTP
Department of Public Works
645 Pine St.
Burlington, Vermont  05401

Questions about the Bike/Walk Plan?
Lucy Gibson, P.E.
DuBois & King
28 North Main Street
Randolph, Vermont  05060

Click HERE.

Right-sizing roadways has shown few downsides after 15 years

An example of the four to three configuration


JUNE 24 Developers of stormwater and solar farm lead discussion at the North End NPA

Identity crisis over a WELCOME sign.

WELCOME to the NORTH END sign wording was nixed in favor of  a generic WELCOME TO OUR NEIGHBORHOODS sign, modeled after a sign at North St and N. Willard St. Our sign will be located at the intersection of Rt. 127, to be surrounded by a community garden. All neighborhoods are invited to add some plantings and leave a small sign identifying their area. Curious to see how many neighborhoods are active in our community.

When, who, or how did we ever get dubbed New? Ask around and let's see how many explanations we can find.

In 1973, we were North Burlington, the North End, and Northenders. What happened?


June 24th, 2015 
Miller Center 130 Gosse Court     
Facilitator, Jason L’Ecuyer



7:05 NPA Business

7:10  Reports from Appointed and Elected Officials – Open forum discussion
7:55  Pocket Park update: Ron and Lea??

8:00 North Ave Corridor update – Jason, Paul, RJ, Pat and Rich

8:15 Water Quality, Storm Water Management – Meghan Moir DPW -VIDEO https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/IntegratedWQPlan_Schedule 

8:35 Solar Farm Project Summary, Starr Farm – Frank Von Turkovich.   MAP and newspaper article - HERE 

Sign in a neighborhood is a good reminder for us all!



Help the Lake: Get your home certified BLUE(r) for free!

Hello neighbors,

I am a fellow Burlingtonian and am working with the City Stormwater Director Megan Moir to implement a grant for the BLUE(r) program, which is a project of Lake Champlain International. In a nutshell, we will evaluate your property (for free) and if you meet certain criteria (things like mowing your lawn no shorter than 3 inches), we will certify your property as Lake Friendly, or BLUE(r).

We even have a limited number of mini grants of up to $250 to hep fund projects like rain barrels, gutters or other improvements that if implemented would earn your property BLUE(r) status.

Funds and time are limited, as we are trying to meet deadlines. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help limit the impact you have on the Lake, please contact me at your earliest convenience at 318-5191, orcdrottler@gmail.com.


Chris Rottler
BLUE(r) Program Manager  

So how do you become BLUE®?

Just call or email Chris to schedule a free evaluation. The evaluation is quick and simple! By the end of the evaluation, you will know exactly what you can do to become BLUE® and do your part to clean up your waterways and waterbodies!
BLUE® is currently FREE for residents of Colchester, Winooski, Shelburne, Waterbury, and Burlington, VT, and we hope to be in more communities soon. You can even be eligible for up to $250 for property improvements that reduce water pollution. That's a free rain garden, rain barrel, downspout redirect, gutters, low-flow fixtures, and more!



May 27, 2015 Wednesday
6:45pm – 9:00pm
Miller Center 130 Gosse Court
Jason L’Ecuyer, Facilitator
Thank you, Kesha.


6:45 Meet and Greet Neighbors, Snacks and Beverages

7:00Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements,
Residents Roll, Steering Committee Nomination
Jason L’Ecuyer

7:05 North Avenue Task Force Update
Ward 4 and 7 Task Force Members

7:15 Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Update
Ward 4 and 7 Committee Members

7:20 City Councilors, School Board Commissioners and City Board Members Q&A
Jason L’Ecuyer

7:50 CCTA in the New North End
Meredith Birkett, Director of Planning and Marketing

8:10 Burlington College Orphanage Building Development
Eric Farrell, Developer

8:30 City Budget FY 2016 and Housing Action Plan
Mayor Miro Weinberger  

9:00 Adjourn 

DRAFT MINUTES, submitted by Kesha Ram,CEDO



April 22, 2015  Wednesday
6:45pm – 9:00pm
Miller Center 130 Gosse Court
Jason L’Ecuyer, Facilitator


6:45 Meet and Greet Neighbors, Snacks and Beverages

7:00 Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements, Residents Roll - Jason L’Ecuyer


7:05 Housing Summit: Planning Neighborhoods -  Lea Terhune  

7:10 City Councilors, School Board Commissioners and City Board Members Q&A - Jason L’Ecuyer

8:00 Farrington Mobile Home Park Update - Theresa Lefebvre, President, and Members of the North Avenue Coop, Inc.

8:15 City Pesticide Ordinance, Buffer Zones, and Best Practices - Dr. Julie Hathaway, Burlington Board of Health

8:30 Vermont Gas customers can file complaints with PSB opposing pipeline-related rate increases*Alex Prolman

8:45 North Avenue Task Force Update - Ward 4 and 7 Task Force Members **

9:00 Adjourn  

VT Gas pipeline discussion. The information is targeted toward customers of Vermont Gas, which includes a vast majority of wards 4 and 7. I understand the desire to keep NPA discussions specific to the wards, and though the information I intend to present is targeted at a broader base, it is something that directly impacts [North End] residents.

The heart of the information is about pipeline cost increases, how that has already translated to higher heating costs for VGS customers, and how engaging with the ongoing public permitting process (through filing a complaint) could prevent a ~15% increase in heating bills next winter.

Beyond that, I am planning to give a very brief history of the pipeline project for context, and discuss broader environmental impacts if there is interest in it.
Alex Prolman

**North Ave Task Force member RJ Lalumiere works on roundabout design at recent workshop in Waterman at UVM.  RJ knows our streets and intersections better than most -- he bike commutes. Jason L'Ecuyer and Pat Kearney also attended the workshop.  The event featured field trips to problem intersections, and a hands-on design experience. Jim Holway, Lea Terhune, and Dave Hartnett also participated. The workshop was sponsored by many transportation interest groups, and Wards 3, 4 and 7 Neighborhood Planning Assemblies.



Watch it here - https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/burlington-ward-4-and-ward-7-npa-meeting-1

6:45 Meet and Greet Neighbors, Snacks and Beverages

7:00 Welcome, Ground Rules, Agenda, Announcements
Steering Committee Nomination and Vote – Liam Griffin
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Seeking Representatives
Thank You to All Candidates in March 3rd Election

7:10 Election Results
Power Point Presentation

7:20 City Councilors, Board and Commission Members Update

7:35 Residents Speak Out

7:45 Farrington Mobile Home Park Update
Theresa Lefebvre, Association Chair

7:55 Burlington College Development Viewpoint
Charles Simpson, Save Open Spaces-Burlington

8:10 Housing Action Report Overview
Lea Terhune, NPA Steering Committee

8:20 Two Lot Development Appletree Point
Brad Rabinowitz, Architect

8:35 North Avenue Task Force Overview
RJ Lalumiere, Ward 7 Member

8:50 CarShare Overview
Alicia Taylor, Program Manager

9:00 Adjourn


~Farrington Park -- North Ave Co-Op - Theresa LeFebvre
~Orphranage/Diocese Land -- housing, open space - Charles Simpson
~Preview draft Housing Action Plan
~*Accessory apartment or duplex - Brad Rabinowicz 
~Carshare VT - Alicia Taylor alicia@carsharevt.org

Nomination of Liam Griffin to the Ward 7 Steering Committee
**Appointment of representative and alternate to Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee. Nominated: Liam Griffin (W7), Kacey Boone (W4). 

*In 1992, within the subsection of former 24 V.S.A. § 4406(4) addressing equal treatment of housing, § 4406(4)(D) was added to the state statutes to protect landowners’ ability to create certain types of accessory dwelling units. See 1991, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 3. It provided that: no zoning regulation shall have the effect of excluding for review as a conditional use one dwelling unit constructed within or attached to a primary single family residence located in a district in which single family residences are a permitted or conditional use. 

**At their February 9 meeting, Burlington City Council created an Advisory Committee to work with the City as we create our first Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. The resolution asks the Ward 4/7 NPA to select one District representative for this Committee. Volunteers are sought. If interested, please come to this meeting!