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-22-03 City Council

Steep Slopes

Identifies areas within the city with 15% or steeper slopes and adjacent upslope lands and outlines criteria for addressing slope stability and suitability for development. 

More information:

City Council will hold a public hearing and consider adoption during its meeting on August 15, 2022.  

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 to review at an upcoming meeting.

ZA-22-05 City Council

Zoning for 52 Institute Road (BHS)

Rezones BHS property on Institute Rd. from RCO to Institutional, establishes an Institutional Overlay zone with specific development standards for the property, and moves the property from the Neighborhood to Multimodal Mixed Use district. 

More information:

City Council will hold a public hearing and consider adoption during its meeting on August 15, 2022.  

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 will hold a public hearing and consider adoption during its meeting on September 12, 2022.  

ZA-22-08 City Council 

Short Term Rentals

This amendment accompanies the recently adopted changes to Ch. 18- Minimum Housing and Ch. 21- Taxes related to regulation of Short Term Rentals (STRs). This amendment makes technical corrections to the CDO to ensure consistency with these recently adopted regulations. 

City Council will hold a public hearing and consider adoption at its September 12 meeting. 

ZA-22-09 City Council

Public Art

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

Planning Commission recommended this amendment during its 7/26/22 meeting.

City Council will hold a first reading on this amendment during its meeting on August 15, 2022.

 

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 cdillard@burlingtonvt.gov.