Code Enforcement

Pending CDO Amendments

The Comprehensive Development Ordinance includes both the City's zoning and subdivision regulations. Zoning is a City regulatory process concerned with land use and development. Zoning subdivides a community into "Zoning Districts" that define what types of land uses can go where, and controls the intensity of uses, the size of buildings, and their placement on the land. Subdivision regulations govern how properties are divided or combined in order to create individual lots for sale.


Pending Amendments

The City routinely makes changes to the standards contained in the CDO in order to improve the wording and standards of the ordinance to achieve our desired outcomes, and to be responsive to actual development realities. Below are amendments being considered by the Planning Commission or City Council, and those that have recently been adopted. 

Number Status Description Next Steps
ZA-20-05 City Council

Short Term Rentals

Creates a framework for regulating short-term rentals in both the zoning ordinance and mininum housing code

More information:

Council Ordinance Committee Meeting on September 22, 2021 at 5:30pm

ZA-21-04 City Council

Adaptive Reuse

Update definition for "adaptive reuse" to more accurately reflect the purpose as it pertains to historic buildings

More information:

Awaiting deliver to Council Ordinance Committee TBD

ZA-21-07 City Council

Height Measurements, Dormers and Eaves

Clarifies building height measurements, when and how dormers affect building height, when and how dormers affect building height, and defines dormers and eaves. 

More information:

City Council Public Hearing and consider adoption on TBD

ZA-21-08 City Council

Act 179 Changes

Incorporates recent changes to the state enabling statute into the CDO regarding ADU's, existing small lots, and small multi-unit dwellings. 

More information:

City Council Public Hearing and consider adoption on TBD

ZA-21-09 City Council

Updates and Corrections to Article 14

Makes a range of corrections and updates to Article 14 based on its application. 

More information:

City Council Public Hearing and consider adoption on TBD

ZA-22-01 Planning Commission

Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Bonus

This amendment is intended to complement ZA-21-04, to correct a conflict in the use of terms regarding adaptive reuse of historic buildings and applicable bonuses to encourage their reuse, and to expand such bonuses to the Institutional District. 

More information:

Planning Commission public hearing on TBD

ZA-22-02 Planning Commission

Permitting Adjustments

Facilitate permitting process to eliminate permit requirements for change in use for non-residential use where no standards apply; allow a basic zoning permit for single-family uses on lots within non-design review districts; and enable administrative review for zoning permits in flood hazard areas unless projects otherwise require DRB review. 

More information:

Planning Commission public hearing on TBD


What is the Amendment Process? 

Amendments are made through a process that is outlined in Vermont State Statutes, and are managed in collaboration between the Office of City Planning and the Department of Permitting & Inspections. The process includes the review of a proposed amendment by the Planning Commission, who makes recommendations to the City Council. The City Council has authority for adopting amendments. The flow chart below shows the general process for an amendment to the zoning ordinance. 


How do I get Involved in the Process?

There are a number of ways to stay informed and provide input on an amendment under consideration. Use the links below to find upcoming agendas and share your input during public meetings. If you would like to receive notices about upcoming Planning Commission topics or be notified about progress on a specific amendment, contact Meagan Tuttle at