One of the first issues of the Burlington VT mayoral debate is a perennial issue that has been asked of each mayor for the last four decades. The Moran plant? No, it’s the Southern connector, Champlain Parkway, or as residents have called it, the road to nowhere.
The southern connector has been sitting there unused due to over forty years of government bureaucracy; I believe it is out of date for the City of Burlington’s South End.
I propose to sell the land and build housing, or add businesses to drive the Burlington economy. I am a firm believer in having voters involved in the development process.
First I suggest having 3 plans to put to the voters on the ballot, and then having the voters decide the option they would like.
Building a new road will not fix our current problems; we need jobs and housing.
What bothers me the most is that not only are tax payers on the hook for the bill, but the citizens of Burlington have not voted on this issue. Instead of opening the process up to the public, the Burlington government has let this issue sit there for over forty years with nothing to show for it.