City Planning

BTV Neighborhood Code

Burlington’s neighborhoods are the soul of our community.

In Burlington, we have strong connections to our neighborhoods' unique patterns and architectural features, their link to the city’s history and sense of place, and the people that live in them. At the same time, our neighborhoods have an important role in addressing the city’s chronic and emerging housing challenges, meeting the needs of current and future households, and making tangible efforts to address the climate emergency. In fact, planBTV recognizes the opportunity for neighborhoods to evolve in incremental ways in order to meet the needs of current and future generations.  

What is BTV Neighborhood Code?

BTV Neighborhood Code is all about how we build on the strength of the city's neighborhoods, evaluate the zoning tools that regulate new homes in these areas today, and identify opportunities for new neighborhood-scale housing citywide. In particular, this project will: 

  • Implement planBTV and 2021 Housing Action Plan goals for residential area
    • Incrementally evolve neighborhoods to meet changing needs of households & community
  • Increase housing opportunities through neighborhood-scale solutions
    • Requires less land per home, better utilize existing infrastructure
    • More housing type choice, potential socioeconomic integration within existing neighborhoods
    • Opportunities for multigenerational housing and aging in place
    • Expand tax base, share tax burden across more households
  • Comply with Vermont HOME Act of 2023, which introduced new statewide zoning requirements for duplex, triplex, 4-unit buildings

The Code aims to enable more of these housing types

Neighborhood-scale housing refers to certain housing types such as duplexes, fourplexes, and cottage courts that are not currently able to be built in Burlington’s residential areas due to zoning regulations. The Neighborhood Code is about how these housing types can fit alongside existing buildings within these residential areas.

BTV Neighborhood Code is one piece of the housing puzzle.

The Office of City Planning has compiled the Neighborhood Code Report & Analysis, which presents research and analysis about how the city's neighborhoods and zoning policies have changed development patterns over time, as well as  more information about current barriers to allowing more and different types of homes within existing neighborhoods. 

Read the "BTV Neighborhood Code: Neighborhood Character Analysis & Report" here

Questions or Comments about the Neighborhood Code?

TTo submit comments or feedback to the Committee, please email Office of City Planning staff, members of the Planning Commission, or members of the City Council Ordinance Committee. You can sign up for email updates or submit comments and questions to staff using the online form below:

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Joint Committee Process & Other Feedback Opportunities

BTV Housing Policy Reform

Learn about the Mayor's 10-Point Housing Plan and other citywide policy initiatives.

Neighborhood Code Proposed Changes

Learn more about the proposed residential zoning standards & where those changes should apply.

Do you have questions about this project? Contact, Sarah Morgan at
BTV Neighborhood Code is supported by a Bylaw Modernization Grant from the VT Dept of Housing & Community Development, and in collaboration with and in-kind support from AARP-Vermont's Livable Communities program.