Housing Action Plan

Upcoming 2020 Draft Action Plan for Housing & Community Development, Draft Amended 2019 Action Plan, and Draft Amended Citizen Participation Plan

The City of Burlington is soliciting input on housing and community development needs in connection with the development of its 2020 One-Year Action Plan for Housing & Community Development, as part of federal requirements under 24 CFR Part 91.105 for planning and allocation of federal funds from CDBG, HOME and other HUD administered programs. To read more information on this and read the drafts, CLICK HERE

Upcoming Public Virtual Hearing

On Monday, May 18, 2020, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Virtual Public Hearing before the Burlington City Council to hear comments on housing and community development needs, the draft 2020 One-Year Action Plan, the revised 2019 One-Year Action Plan, the revised Citizen Participation Plan, and on the funding recommendations of the CDBG Advisory Board, which serve as the basis for the 2020 One-Year Action Plan, all of which can be seen above. The public is encouraged to review the Plan and funding recommendations, attend the Public Hearing, and comment. Written comments will also be accepted on the Plan through the close of business on June 1, 2020 (via mail) at the Community & Economic Development Office, 149 Church Street, Room 32, City Hall, Burlington, VT 05401 or (via email) at trawlings@burlingtonvt.gov . For more information, or information on alternative access, contact Todd Rawlings, Community & Economic Development Office, at (802) 652-4209.

Previous Approved Plans

The final draft of the Housing Action Plan submitted to and approved by City Council is available here.

The most recent prior version is available here

CEDO created the original draft Plan based on the findings of the May 2014 Downtown Housing Strategy Report, along with public input gained since the report was issued.  Version two above (dated November 2014) reflects changes based on the initial comments. This second version of the Housing Action Plan was discussed by the City Council's Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee from November 2014 to January 2015, and the newest revisions have now been posted reflecting comments received during those discussions.

Public comments received on the first or second draft of the Housing Action Plan:


Downtown Housing Strategy Report

In May 2014, Mayor Miro Weinberger released the Downtown Housing Strategy Report that found an “affordability crisis” caused by a lack of market rate housing – or housing built without subsidy - over the past decade in the City’s downtown.  Increased housing costs in Burlington’s downtown have risen to levels far higher than in “next tier” cities.  The report suggests that, while continuing to support the great work of Burlington’s renowned affordable housing programs and partners, the City embark on a coordinated effort to support downtown living for the full spectrum of residents, including young professionals, families, empty nesters, and seniors.

Mayor Weinberger and CEDO staff held a public hearing on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at City Hall to solicit feedback and comment on the HR&A Advisors, Inc. study.  Below are the public comments received relating to the Downtown Housing Strategy Report: