Many Thanks For Participation in the Cambrian Rise Public Process

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By: Eric Farrell | March 3, 2018

We recently completed the Act 250 permit review process for our Cambrian Rise neighborhood, clearing the way for construction to begin this summer. With this final permit in hand, the “Partners” – BC Community Housing, Champlain Housing Trust, the Vermont Land Trust and the City of Burlington would like to extend a thank you to the people who staff state and local boards, plus the members of the public who came to almost 50 public meetings to provide input that helped to make our project review a more thoughtful and thorough process.

After many years and several design iterations later, we listened to you, we agreed to move the development further east towards North Avenue and away from the lake; to prioritized pedestrian connectivity between North Avenue and the Burlington Bike Path; to limit construction activity -- like blasting -- weekdays; all of which makes the project stronger.

We appreciated your kudos for the heated bus shelter/waiting area; our emphasis on bike amenities; and our collaboration with CarShare, Local Motion and CATMA.  We share your excitement for everything these amazing organizations bring to the table.

Many City Boards and City employees guided us to the final site and building designs. The Design Advisory Board and staff in Planning + Zoning suggested finishing touches on buildings and design modifications that were embraced by everyone. The Development Review Board underscored our commitment to the highest quality in design and improvements.  DPW engineers spent considerable time and effort reviewing, critiquing and working with our team to create a new public street and connection to North Avenue consistent with Burlington’s street standards and the North Avenue Corridor Study. The Water Department engineers collaborated with us to upgrade the infrastructure along North Avenue   taking existing pressures off of the wastewater treatment plant during peak operations. The Conservation Board highlighted the need for a state-of-the-art storm water management system and encouraged our membership with CATMA.

Finally, we are grateful for the efforts of the Act 250 Commission and their District 4 coordinator, who patiently attended to our project and helped us navigate the process from beginning to end.

With the completion of our permitting process and our anticipated ground breaking on the first new buildings, we are now looking forward to the welcoming new and existing members of the community to join Cambrian Rise in one of the many exciting housing options and business opportunities, strengthening a vital link between the Old and New North Ends.

Posted on March 3, 2018 updated on March 02, 2018

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