Chamberlin Neighborhood Planning Project

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The Chamberlin neighborhood is bounded generally by Kirby Road to the north, Burlington International Airport (BIA) to the east, Williston Road to the south, and Patchen Road to the west. The project includes this defined area, and may incorporate nearby, adjacent areas where they influence the neighborhood.

The neighborhood includes the elementary school of the same name, located on White Street. Consisting primarily of single- and two-family homes erected in the post-war era, the Chamberlin neighborhood is home to some of the City’s most affordable family housing. The neighborhood has witnessed significant change in recent years, in part due to a voluntary home acquisition by the Airport to address noise compatibility issues under FAA regulations. Through this and related programs, over 100 homes have been acquired by the Airport on a “willing buyer-willing seller” basis and families have relocated. The homes themselves are in the process of being removed, but uncertainty remains over existing and future acquisitions, and what will happen next upon the land when those homes are removed.

This project will engage residents, airport representatives, City officials, and regional stakeholders in a conversation about land use and transportation in the neighborhood. It will also include conversation about how the neighborhood and Airport can communicate more clearly about interests and concerns. The Chamberlin Neighborhood Planning Project will develop a vision for the neighborhood, as well as short- and long-term strategies for achieving that vision. The outcomes of the study will be documented in a Transportation/Land Use Plan that will be submitted to the South Burlington City Council, and will both serve as the base for next steps in land use and transportation planning in the area; these will also help to inform the Airport’s own planning efforts. A key part of this project is also about establishing communication among all parties, and the study is as much about process as it is about the outcome.

The project is sponsored by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission in partnership with the City of South Burlington. The project began in April 2015 and was completed on June 30, 2016.




Chamberlin Neighborhood Planning Project Study Area Map »



The CCRPC Public Participation Plan is the foundation for all CCRPC public engagement efforts. The public participation plan for the Chamberlin Neighborhood Planning Project will support the Social Community goal in the 2013 ECOS Plan: “Promote the skills, resources, and assurance needed for all community members to participate in the workforce and in their family, civic and cultural lives, within and among their neighborhoods, and in the larger community.” The ECOS Plan is the combined Regional Plan, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Chittenden County. This Plan is the culmination of almost two years of dedicated work from the municipalities, over 45 organizations, and residents. The Public Participation Plan supports Strategy 8 of the ECOS Plan: “Ensure that the projects and actions in all ECOS strategies assess equity impacts, and that the design and development of programs are inclusive of all and engage underrepresented populations.”

In order to accomplish these goals, the Chamberlin Neighborhood Planning Project will be led by a City Council-nominated Neighborhood Planning Committee and include three community meetings.


Community Meeting #1 – Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – 6:30-9:00pm
Community meeting and public kickoff. | Meeting Flier » | Agenda » | Presentation » | Video » | Meeting Notes »

Community Meeting #2 – April 28, 2016 – 7:00-9:00pm – Chamberlin School, White Street
The Chamberlin Neighborhood Airport Planning Committee (CNAPC) will share concepts developed over the past year. Participants will have the opportunity to assess give these concepts in a lively session featuring map posters. | Meeting Flier »Agenda »Meeting Notes »Meeting Evaluation Results »Feedback Form Summary »

Community Meeting #3 June 7, 2016 – 7:00-9:00pm – Chamberlin School, White Street
Presentation of possible scenarios and an evaluation of their performance, including advantages and disadvantages of each scenario. | Agenda » | Meeting Flier » | Meeting Notes »


  • City Maps Out Future of Airport Neighborhood » | Fox 44 News | May 27, 2015
  • South Burlington Residents Address Noise Concerns Near Small School | WCAX | June 7, 2016






The role of the Neighborhood Planning Committee is to represent a range of neighborhood perspectives; review study materials and provide feedback; communicate with and provide updates to their organizations/constituents; and participate in developing the vision, goals, options, and recommendations. Ultimately, the City Council will consider and endorse the final recommendations of the Study. At their first meeting on April 8, 2015, the Neighborhood Planning Committee agreed to a series of operating guidelines that can be reviewed here. The City Council interviewed potential members of the Neighborhood Planning Committee and chose the final slate of members.


  • Tracey Harrington (Planning Commission Representative)
  • Pat Nowak (Airport Commission – South Burlington Representative)
  • Karsten Schlenter (South Burlington School District Appointee)
  • Walden Rooney (Area 1)
  • Greg Severance (Area 1)
  • Linda Brakel (Area 2)
  • Marc Companion (Area 2)
  • Lisa LaRock (Area 2)
  • Carmine Sargent (Area 3)
  • George Maille (Area 3)
  • Kim Robison (Area 3)
  • John Simson (Greater South Burlington Area)
  • Patrick Clemins (Greater South Burlington Area)
  • Bill Keough (Burlington Representative – Airport Commission)
  • Dave Hartnett (City of Burlington Appointee)


Meeting #1 – April 8, 2015, 7:00pm, South Burlington City Hall
Review the Scope of Work, Public Outreach Plan, Project Schedule and Deliverables, and Overall Project Goals.

Meeting #2 – May 20, 2015
Presentation of the draft Existing Conditions Assessment, discussion of project vision and goals, discussion of a framework for possible future scenarios.

Meeting #3 – June 25, 2015
Presentation of the draft Vision Statement and Goals, discussion of illustrated possible future scenarios, discussion of criteria to use in evaluating the future scenarios.

Meeting #4 – July 7, 2015
Review and analysis of themes from the Community Forum, and discussion of options for additional community and stakeholder input. 

Meeting #5 – July 13, 2015
Review and analysis of themes from the Community Forum, and discussion of options for additional community and stakeholder input.

Meeting #6 – September 9, 2015
Review and analysis of themes from the Community Forum, and discussion of options for additional community and stakeholder input.

Meeting #7 – November 9, 2015
Identification of a preferred future scenario based on an evaluation of the future scenarios.

Meeting #8 – January 13, 2016
Identification of a preferred future scenario and development of specific strategies to achieve the Vision and Goals.

Meeting #9 – January 28, 2016

Meeting #10 – February 18, 2016

Meeting # 11 – March 16, 2016

Meeting # 12 – April 13, 2016

Meeting # 13 – May 11, 2016

Meeting # 14 – May 16, 2016 – Special Meeting

Meeting # 15 – June 16, 2016



For more information, please contact Christine Forde, CCRPC Senior Transportation Planner.