City Planning

What's New in City Planning

Zoning relocating to Pine Street December 2019

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

The Department of Permitting and Inspections is launching at 645 Pine Street in December 2019. Zoning permitting services, staff, and zoning permit and development records have been relocated from City Hall to Pine Street. Thank you for your patience as we launch the new one-stop permitting center in Burlington!


Joint Committee considering Housing Policy Reforms

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, CEDO, BED, and Permitting and Inspections, City Planning staff helped to develop program and background information for the Mayor’s Housing Summit on June 11th and the follow-up on Sept. 4th, as well as serve as subject matter experts and group facilitators. Work has now turned toward preparation of specific ordinance and charter language for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council. Policy initiatives that directly relate to the work of the City Planning team include on-site parking minimums, accessory dwelling units, and short-term rentals. City Planning is currently working with a Joint Committee of the Planning Commission and City Council on a number of revisions to the City zoning ordinance related to these issues. Click here to review draft policy changes and learn about upcoming meetings.


Coming Soon: Citywide Economic Development Strategy

Posted: Oct 15, 2019

In collaboration with CEDO, City Planning staff is developing a proposed scope of work, outline, timeline, and budget for developing the City’s first comprehensive economic development strategy. This effort was identified as a priority in both the recently adopted planBTV: 2019 Comprehensive Plan and the planBTV: South End Master Plan. City Planning and CEDO staff anticipate beginning work on this initiative this winter. City Planning has submitted an application to the VT Dept. of Housing and Community Development for a Municipal Planning Grant that, if successful will help support this work, including by supporting an intern for data collection, creation of an online dashboard for key metrics, and the development of a stakeholder engagement plan.


City Planning is a new City department!

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

The former Department of Planning and Zoning is now two departments: the Department of Permitting and Inspections and the Office of City Planning. This change was approved by the voters in March 2019 in order to create a single department with responsibility development permitting and inspections services. The Office of City Planning was created to advance and house the City's award-winning long-range land use and development planning program. City Planning is now located on the 3rd floor of Burlington City Hall across from the Community and Economic Development Office.