With much of Tuesday’s focus on the top spots for state and country, there was also a slate of ballot items impacting communities throughout Vermont.
In Burlington, voters approved 6 ballot initiatives for the city. A majority of these having to do with development of the redesigned “Burlington Town Center”
Two of the most controversial items 3 and 4 passed by close margins.
Item three approval of a new zoning core that will allow up to 106 feet of construction downtown. And four, redevelopment and reconnection of Pine and St. Paul Street. Projects that will come through TIF funding.
“We just had a big debate over whether or not we were going to remain a city of opportunity, a place where people of all backgrounds can start a life, start a career, start a business. I’m very pleased to say we voted yes to do that. And to re-purpose this 1970’s aging suburban mall and turn it into a great mixed-use neighborhood,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger.
South Burlington another community with important items on the ballot, there the focus was laying the ground work for the new City Center. The Goal is to create a centralized area for housing, retail, and recreation.
Three ballot measures passed Tuesday night in South Burlington, One for the creation of a $5 million TIF district. Two others for the reconstruction of Market Street and Phase 1 of City Center Park.
“I am thrilled the community strongly came forward in support of City Center. We’re very pleased, we look forward to building up City Center. They supported two projects, Dumont Park and Market Street. We look forward to continuing to come back to the community with updates on how it’s going. We hope to break ground in 2017,” said Helen Riehle, South Burlington City Council.
South Burlington’s City Clerk says the 2016 Voter Turnout was the highest she’s seen in her 16 years. Nearly 11 thousand ballots were cast, as well as another 37 hundred absentee ballots.
For the Williston School District, voters approved a $19 million dollar bond to fix the school’s infrastructure.
Grafton voters have voted no on a 28 wind turbine project.