Department of Planning & Zoning

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is comprised of seven citizen volunteers appointed by the City Council and created under the authority enabled under Vermont State Statute 24 VSA Chapter 117 § 4325. Burlington's first Planning Commission was created in 1925.

This commission has the responsibility of developing overall land use and development policy for the City of Burlington. This typically takes two forms - the development of land use plans and capacity studies, and the development of land use regulations (subdivision bylaws, zoning regulations, etc). Final action on any plans, policies, and regulation developed by the Commission is taken by the City Council. Since the creation of the Development Review Board in 2000, the Planning Commission has no direct regulatory authority and does not review development proposals or issue permits.