Inclusionary Zoning

In October 2015, Burlington City Council unanimously adopted the Housing Action Plan (HAP) which contains 22 proposals for building a more affordable, inclusive, livable, walkable, sustainable and vibrant community. One proposal called for the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) working with the City Council Community Development & Neighborhood Revitalization (CDNR) Committee to hire “a consultant to evaluate the impact of the IZ Ordinance on new housing construction and to identify changes to the Ordinance that would render it a more effective tool for meeting both low-and moderate-income and workforce housing needs.”


 Inclusionary Zoning Evaluation Report

On January 31, 2017, the evaluation report on Burlington’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance was presented to the CDNR Committee. The evaluation, undertaken by czb, LLC, a Virginia-based urban planning consulting firm, represents the first detailed review of the City’s 26-year-old Inclusionary Zoning policy.

The City and CDNR Committee would like to thank all those members of the public who participated in last week’s meeting and invite further comment on the draft IZ evaluation report. Comments may be sent via email to Gillian Nanton, Assistant Director, Sustainability, Housing & Economic Development, CEDO at gnanton@burlingtonvt.gov.

The report includes numerous findings and recommendations and will be the subject of further debate and discussion in the weeks and months ahead. A working group is being established to review and consider the recommendations contained in the report.  One recommendation on which the City is already moving forward with is a monitoring system of applicable projects to ensure compliance with the IZ Ordinance. See Mayor Weinberger's memorandum regarding Inclusionary Zoning monitoring, as well as CEDO's memorandum regarding the City's proposed monitoring system to improve enforcement. 


The IZ report can be found here

Presentation slides of the IZ report can be found here.

You may view public comments on the Inclusionary Zoning Evaluation here and here.