City Planning

Welcome to the Office of City Planning

The Office of City Planning works collaboratively with all members of our community to articulate a vision for the future of Burlington, and works to implement this vision of a vibrant and sustainable community for the benefit of both current and future generations. To this end, City Planning is responsible for researching, analyzing, developing, and proposing City land use planning and development policies, plans, programs, and ordinances including:

Long Range Planning

  • Lead the development of the City’s municipal development plan (a.k.a. "planBTV") and related area-specific and resource/issue-specific plans
  • Collaborate with other City departments in preparing intermediate and long-range plans and policies for transportation, parks, housing, community and economic development and other matters
  • Formulate community outreach and engagement activities related to the creation of land use plans and development policies

Policy & Special Projects

  • Support the Planning Commission, Mayor, and City Council in the adoption, implementation, funding and prioritization of these plans and of the policies, plans, regulations, and programs that result from planning efforts
  • Maintain and prepare amendments to the City’s zoning and subdivision ordinances (known as the Comprehensive Development Ordinance
  • Advise and provide professional and technical assistance to the Mayor, City Council, and other City departments on planning and development issues as well as proposed State and Federal legislation impacting development projects, City ordinances, and grant opportunities

Data & Analytics

  • Lead the City's cross-departmental Data and Analytics Team, to provide research, analysis and best practices in support of key city priorities
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain data regarding land use and development, demographic, economic, and other community trends that support the creation and evaluation of city programs and policies
  • Maintain the city's BTVStat and Open Data programs to provide public access to data and make it easier for departments to access and utilize information.


Long Range Planning

Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood & Topical Plans, Other Studies

Implementing planBTV

Zoning ordinances and other policies, capital projects, programs, other studies

Planning Commission

Works with department to develop plans, policies, make recommendations to City Council

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