Department of Planning and Zoning
In this area you will find valuable information about planning for Burlington's future, as well as how to get permits for new development. You will find a menu to the left to help you learn everything you ever wanted to know about our department and planning in Burlington, and below are some quick links of the latest and greatest stuff. Enjoy!
- Job Opportunity! The Dept. of Planning & Zoning is looking to hire a Planning Technician to join our team. This paraprofessional position is responsible for assisting with the administration of the City’s land use and development regulations, and will devote a significant amount of time working directly with the public to provide customer service regarding land use development and zoning permitting including providing information and assistance to applicants and the public and processing zoning permit applications. For a complete job description and application, contact our Human Resources Dept. at 802/865-7145 or visit their website and apply online. The application deadline is Friday March 24, 2017
- A new "clean hands" policy has been instituted for issuance of new zoning permits. This amendment to the Comprehensive Development Ordinance, adopted December 19, 2016, helps to address a longstanding community desire to hold property owners responsible for oustanding property issues like unclosed zoning permits and zoning violations. The mechanics are simple: properties with outstanding zoning violations, or open and expired zoning permits, may not receive new zoning permits until those issues have been resolved.
- The Great Streets Initiative continues! The Great Initiative is a culmination of many years of planning, including the public vote in 2014 to use the CIty's downtown TIF disrict to make new investments in the downtown's public infrastructure. This initiative includes the development of standards for our downtown streets, as well as plans for the redesign of Main Street, St. Paul Street, and City Hall Park. The Main Street Concept Plan will be focused on improvements to the public right of way, including sidewalks, street trees, stormwater, lighting and bike facilities. The design work for City Hall Park will advance concept plans that emerged from the 2012 Imagine City Hall Park Process. Visit the website www.GreatStreetsBTV.com for more information.
- Downtown Form-Based Code - As recommended in planBTV-Downtown & Waterfront, for the past 2 years we have been working on a new set of zoning regulations for the downtown and waterfront. The primary goal of these new development regulations is to foster more predictable built results and a stronger relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. The City Council created a Joint Committee with the Planning Commission to conduct a detailed review of the proposed Form-Based Code for the Downtown and Waterfront area. This Committee has met met more than 30 times, and is expeceted to bring forward their final recommendations later this spring. Click here to download the latest version of the DRAFT CODE (April 8, 2016).
- The planBTV South End Master Plan: The South End is rapidly growing and changing, as we have seen in the last few years. planBTV South End is a community conversation to consider how to protect and preserve what is most loved about the South End while proactively preparing for the continued growth and change. The Planning Commission is currently reviewing the draft and the comments that have been made, and is making changes as a result. Another draft is anticipated in late spring 2017.
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- Permit Status Reports: Zoning Permit Status Reports allow you to see what's being proposed in your neighborhood or check on the status of your own Zoning Permit application.
- Forms: Get a Zoning Permit Application Form. Don't forget to get a Checklist (or other forms) for the type of project you are planning.
- "Which Zoning District am I in?" Use the current Official Zoning Map to identify your zoning district. Allowable uses are shown in Appendix A of the Zoning Ordinance. More Zoning-related Maps: Map Index.
- "I need to close on a sale. Do I have any open permits?" Check the 'Permit History' in the Assessor's Property Database.
- "It seems like something fishy is going on... how do I file a complaint?" Contact the Code Enforcement Office to submit a complaint form.
- 2014 Tax Parcel Maps are now online. You can now access the maps from City Hall in the comfort of your own home or office.
- How to make a site plan!
- Zoning Ordinance: A complete version of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance is available online. All amendments through 9/10/12 are included. Recent amendments adopted by the City Council can be found here: Recently Adopted Amendments.
- Proposed Zoning Amendments: Pending amendments to the Comprehensive Development Ordinance can be found at Amendments before the Planning Commission or Amendments before the City Council.
- Director's Report: The Department of Planning and Zoning Annual Reports are here to help you learn more about what we do.
Upcoming Board Meetings, Agendas and Packets
Please visit the pages below for current meeting agendas and packets: