City of Burlington, Vermont City of Burlington, Vermont

Department of Planning & Zoning
City Hall,  Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802-865-7188 Fax: 802-865-7195

Municipal Development Plan

Burlington's “Municipal Development Plan” presents a vision for land use and development over the next ten to twenty year period. This Plan is prepared every 5 years in accordance with state statute and has standing in statewide regulatory proceedings including Act 250. All City plans and programs which effect land use and development, including the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Impact Fees and Capital Improvement Plan, must be in conformance with the policies and directives found in the Municipal Development Plan.

A community’s Municipal Development Plan, or “Master Plan,” must be both visionary and strategic. The Master Plan outlines goals and objectives for the future and is the principal guide directing land use policy and decision-making. It defines the policies, programs and specific actions necessary to attain these objectives, prepares the city for growth, and provides a reliable basis for public and private investment.

Burlington's Municipal Development Plan is regularly kept up-to-date by incorporating new area or topic-specific plans.

2014 Municipal Development Plan

Re-Adopted by the Burlington City Council on March 31, 2014.

For a complete copy click here, otherwise individual chapters are available below:

  1. Land Use Plan
  2. Natural Environment
  3. Built Environment
  4. Historic Preservation
  5. Transportation Plan
  6. Economic Development Plan
  7. Community Facilities and Services Plan
  8. Energy Plan
  9. Housing Plan
  10. Education Plan


List of Maps

Note: The below maps are mostly 9 x 14 inches page size, and appear at the end of the Plan document, unless otherwise indicated. Several smaller maps are incorporated into the relevant sections of the Plan as necessary.

  • Current Land Use (0.3 mb)
  • Zoning Districts 1996 (29 x 42 inches; 0.9 mb)
  • Future Land Use - Land Use Plan pg I-29 (1.5 mb)
    Natural Features (0.3 mb)
  • Significant Natural Areas and Open Space - Natural Environment pg II-11 (0.7 mb)
  • Transportation (0.3 mb)
    Transportation System - Transportation System Plan pg V-25 (0.3 mb)
  • Bike Routes - Transportation System Plan pg V-24 (0.3 mb)
  • Community Facilities and Utilities (0.2 mb)
  • Schools and Elementary School Districts - Education Plan pg X-4 (0.3 mb)
  • Cultural Features (0.3 mb)
  • Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (0.3 mb)
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