ANNUAL MEETING Sunday, July 18, 2021

The South Burlington Land Trust will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday July 18 at 4:30 pm on the lawn at Wheeler Homestead. Bring a lawn chair! In case of rain, we will move under the shelter by the pizza oven.

Rest rooms not available.

The business meeting will include election of board members, presentation of financial statement and a summary of the year’s activities.  We shall also present the South Burlington Land Trust Annual Award.

Following the business meeting, Brandon Bless from Bread and Butter Farm will bring us up to date on activities and plans at the Farm, emphasizing their sustainable farming practices. Snacks will be available. Carpooling encouraged.at the Wheeler Park Homestead gardens.

A notification of the Annual Meeting date will be sent to all members and posted on social media.

Notice of SBLT Special Meeting January 14, 2021:

Notice of special board meeting: January 14, 2021 at 4:30 PM via Zoom. (members will be sent the Zoom link.)
Meeting Agenda:
Update on working groups’ status
Work on Draft LDR Article 12 Environmental Protection Standards


The SBLT hosted the 2020 Annual Meeting August 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM at the Wheeler Park Homestead gardens.

The meeting dealt only with the required business matters; election of directors, annual reports, Q&A and the presentation of the SBLT Annual Award.

Any reports presented will be based on where we were on April 5, 2020, the date on which we would normally have held this meeting.

A notification of the Annual Meeting date was sent to all members and posted on social media.

_SBLT Annual Meeting Minutes August 16, 2020

Call To Action!  Join the Land Preservation Action Group Now!

We are taking the unusual step of writing to all of you because our city is at a critical time in land preservation…and we need your help. Will you join this group?  It costs nothing but your time and energy. 

There are two specific actions to take if you decide to join this group.  

  • Attend city meetings

We will email you the meeting times and will provide you a short summary of the topic to be discussed along with the key pros and cons of whatever action is being discussed.  You do not need to make a comment at the meetings unless you want to, as your presence will convey a powerful message. 

  • E-mail city officials

The second action can be taken instead of — or in addition to — attending city meetings.  It involves sending emails to the council and/or commission. The SBLT Board will provide you with the appropriate email addresses as well as sample email language.

  • Climate

Given the climate crisis we are facing, our lives depend on our natural resources. Yet, South Burlington’s current land regulations allow developments on these open lands and the resulting destruction of the natural resources they contain.

  • Urgency 

We are writing you now because the city council will shortly decide what, if anything, to do about saving the land.  Interim Zoning (IZ), which was put in place a year ago to identify and protect open lands, may soon end without any approved plans to conserve the highest priority lands identified by the IZ Open Space Committee.  Without new rules for land preservation or financing in place to purchase the land, these open spaces are vulnerable.  

Speaking up now is vital, given the status of Interim Zoning and the lack of any specific city plans for land conservation.  Without new regulations in place to save the highest priority open lands, the developers are posed to submit proposals to build upon the land as soon as IZ ends.

Together we can make a difference.

Email the SBLT  to join the Action Group!


Cents for Conservation

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Outline of our Presentation

➢ History of South Burlington’s Conservation/Open Space Fund

➢ Why conserve land?

➢ Benefits of Conservation

➢ Costs of Community Services

➢ How to Conserve Land?

➢ Tools for conservation

➢ Costs of Conserving land identified by the Open Space IZ Committee

➢ C4C Proposal

Read the full slide presentation: CentsforConservation_Final

UVM Edlund South Tract: The Case Against Rezoning and Development

Read the full position statement here.

South Burlington Land Trust has released a summary of challenges associated with proposed development of the Edlund Tract, in response to UVM’s provisional sale of the land to Eastern Development Corporation. The land was sold for residential use but will likely require a revision to the current Institutional Agricultural (IA-S) zoning for development to proceed.

The Edlund Tract encompasses 34 acres of mature forest and wetlands bordering Potash Brook. SBLT strongly believes that the development of these parcels represents a significant departure from the South Burlington Comprehensive Plan (SBCP) and would set a dangerous precedent for how the city makes zoning decisions. Read on as we describe issues with the proposed development, focused around three general themes: misalignment with the SBCP, environmental issues, and infrastructure concerns.

How to help:

  • Email the SBLT to join our email list for updates about the Edlund development. We will be sending an announcement when the rezoning issue comes on the agenda for the Planning Commission.
  • Attend Planning Commission and City Council meetings to voice your concerns over the development of open space. There is always time for public comment at the start of each meeting. Dates listed here.
  • Write to The Other Paper and other media in support of preserving open space in South Burlington.
  • Join the South Burlington Land Trust.
  • Tell your friends and neighbors about this proposed development.


  • June 20, 2017: UVM issues Request for Proposals for development of Edlund and adjacent Martin Tract
  • July 10: Information session for prospective buyers. SBLT attends.
  • August 18: Proposals submissions due. SBLT submits a proposal to conserve the land.
  • September 18: Eastern Development Corporation announced as winner of proposal bid.

Why is there a land trust in South Burlington?

In 2003, a small group of community members formed the South Burlington Land Trust, Inc. (“SBLT”) out of growing concern for the loss of natural areas due to rapidly increasing suburban development in the City. Forests, wetlands, farmlands, and other natural areas provide important habitat for wildlife, preserve water quality, and create recreational and cultural opportunities for South Burlington residents and visitors. SBLT’s membership has grown to nearly 100 members of the community.

In 2008, South Burlington was named the top town in the country for raising a family (Family Circle, August 2008). The natural attributes of being located on the shores of Lake Champlain and close to the Green Mountains make South Burlington a desirable location to live. The SBLT is dedicated to protecting South Burlington’s special features, specifically its natural resources through land conservation vehicles, to maintain this high quality of life. Partnerships are established with other conservation organizations and individuals to protect natural areas in South Burlington and Vermont as a whole.

The heritage of South Burlington from settlement (1780’s) until World War II centered entirely on farming, first mixed subsistence farming, then sheep and later dairy. The area now included in our borders was once part of Burlington. On January 18, 1865, the City of Burlington was established by act of the Legislature, but the eastern and southern portions were set off separately as the Town of South Burlington. And so it remained until 1971 when South Burlington also adopted a city form of government. Our rural character had extended well into the 1950’s when, for example, the Sheraton Hotel complex was still a working farm and traffic on Williston Road stopped twice a day as the cows crossed to and from their pasture where Staples Plaza is today. Mayfair Park was the first and only suburban development until the late 1940’s. Exponential population growth began with the returning WWII veterans buying homes and starting families. Farms along the Dorset, Hinesburg, Spear and Shelburne corridors began to sell off land to developers and the pace has escalated ever since. By the 1980’s and 1990’s some citizens began to think more about what we were losing. SBLT grew out of that concern.

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