A Look at the Burlington Ballot

On election day 2016 Burlington voted on six questions, three of which we look into below.

#3 Zoning Regulation Ballot Question

YES 8993 53.91%

NO 7689 46.09%

We’re happy to see this has passed! This municipal bylaw amendment encourages mixed-use development patterns which limit the demand for parking and unnecessary automobile trips while also supporting public transportation. As Julie Campoli (Co-Chair of our advisory board) describes, higher density of people and amenities, can help lower vehicle miles traveled and reduce car trips. If you’re unfamiliar with the project this ballot questions specifically addresses, see here.

#4 Public Improvement in Waterfront TIF District Ballot Question

YES 10025 58.59%

NO 7086 41.41%

This ballot question also passed by with a strong plurality! This means the Burlington Town Center redevelopment can proceed. This question allows funds to be raised to enhance the streetscape in the area near the mall. Plans call for extending Pine Street and St. Paul Street past the mall to connect Bank Street and Cherry Street, streets that were disconnected in the original development of this area in the 1970s. One thing to note from the question is that in addition to street infrastructure, streetscape, stormwater, utility and lighting improvements, city officials will also enhance multimodal transportation improvements — again providing more options for walkers, bikers and bus riders. This is precisely the kind of development the City of Burlington needs.

#6 Bike Path Relocation Ballot Question

8438 50.42%

8296 49.58%

This one only passed by 146 votes! But, we’re glad it did. This ballot measure asked that the Mayor relocate the Burlington Bicycle Path to the west side of the railroad tracks between College Street and King Street. This section of the bike path is congested and can be dangerous because of the railroad crossing. Relocating the path reduces the chances of bike/train and pedestrian collisions. This will also redirect the path to be closer to the water, creating separation from waterfront business (such as Ice Cream Bob’s and Local Motion Trailside Center) that promote pedestrian traffic.

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