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-22-04 Planning Commission

Trinity Campus Overlay

The Planning Commission heard a request by the University of Vermont to made adjustments to the Trinity Campus Overlay district. 

More information:

The Planning Commission will continue the Public Hearing at its December 13th meeting. 

ZA-22-06 Planning Commission

Transitional Shelter

The Planning Commission heard a request by the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) to enable for managed shelters as a form of emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. 

More information:

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this proposed amendment on 6/14/22 and will continue discussion at an upcoming meeting. 
ZA-22-07 City Council

Article 8: Maximum Parking Limits & TDM

The City Council introduced this amendment to replace minimum on-site parking requirements in Article 8 with maximum parking limits, expand required Transportation Demand Management (TDM) provisions to Shared Use and Neighborhood Parking districts, and strenthen provisions for Institutional Parking Management Plans. 

More information:

City Council held a public hearing on 9/12/22, and may consider adoption during its meeting on October 17, 2022.  

ZA-22-09 City Council

Public Art

Defines public art, exempts public art from requiring a zoning permit, and provides standards for installation.

City Council Ordinance Committee discussed the item at its 9/9 meeting and recommended its adoption. 

City Council will hold a public hearing and consider adoption at a date to be determined. 


Planning Commission

South End Innovation District

This amendment creates an Overlay Zone that applies to a portion of the South End Enterprise-Light Manufacturing zone, to facilitate the development of a mixed-use district that fosters the continued growth and sustainability of the South End’s arts and innovation economy and also provides access to housing.

The Planning Commission will continue the Public Hearing at its December 13th meeting. 


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 Charles Dillard at