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

 

Recently Adopted Amendments

Below are adopted Zoning Amendments that have yet to be incorporated into the text of the Comprehensive Development Ordinance itself. If no amendments appear below, all recently adopted amendments have been incorporated into the most current version of the Comprehensive Development Ordinance.

ZA-16-12 Rezone Fletcher Place to Residential Medium: The purpose of this amendment is to rezone residential properties along Fletcher Place from Institutional to Residential Medium in order to promote residential density and uses which are consistent with the existing neighborhood character. This amendment was adopted by City Council on May 15, 2017.

ZA-17-08 Food and Beverage Production Operation: The proposed amendment eliminates the current prohibition on cafes as an accessory use to microbreweries in the Enterprise-Light Manufacturing zone to eliminate inconsistencies between the City's ordinances and state alcohol laws. Additionally, the amendment establishes a new "food and beverage production operation" to replace microbreweries, wineries, wholesale bakeries, and other related food production uses. This amendment was adopted by City Council on August 8, 2017. 

ZA-17-10 Green Roof Lot Coverage: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to define green roofs and create clear guidelines for how lot coverage is calculated on sites with buildings which are constructed with a green roof. This amendment was adopted by City Council on November 27, 2017.

ZA-17-11 Emergency Shelters: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to create language related to emergency shelters, as temporary housing in order to differentiate them from community houses, and to establish parameters for calculating and maximum number of units, location, duration of stay, and on-site management. This amendment was adopted by City Council on November 27, 2017.

ZA-17-12 CDO Technical Corrections: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to correct and address a number of housekeeping items throughout the Burlington CDO that have been discovered in the daily implementation of the ordinance. None of these amendments establish new policy direction. This amendment was adopted by City Council on August 8, 2017.  

ZA-17-13 Signage Illumination in ELM: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to permit lighted signage in the Enterprise zoning districts, consistent with the City’s mixed use and institutional districts. This amendment was adopted by City Council on August 8, 2017.

ZA-17-14 Preschool Technical Amendments: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to address two gaps in the Comprehensive Development Ordinance resulting from the timing of the adoption of ZA-17-02 and ZA-17-04 earlier in 2017. The first is that there are no use standards for preschools in the recently adopted Neighborhood Activity Center-Cambrian Rise, and the other is that there are no parking standards for preschools in the minimum off-street parking standards. This amendment fills in these gaps to be consistent with the use and parking standards for preschools in other neighborhood mixed use districts. This amendment was adopted by City Council on November 27, 2017.

ZA-17-15 Article 4 Development Bonuses: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to address duplicity and contradictions between Article 4 and Article 9 regarding development bonuses in neighborhood mixed use and residential zoning districts. In particular, this amendment clarifies the maximum cumulative development bonus allowable for properties in neighborhood mixed use zones by retaining an additional 0.5 FAR bonus, but eliminating a 10 ft height bonus, when providing an additional 5% inclusionary housing over what is required in Article 9. Additionally, this amendment clarifies that development bonuses may be cumulative up to, but not to exceed, the maximum allowable bonuses for properties in residential zones. This amendment also corrects a footnote which applies a setback to properties in the NAC, NMU, and NAC-R zones when abutting residential uses, but not to the NAC-CR. This amendment was adopted by City Council on November 27, 2017.

ZA-17-16 Replacement Mobile Home: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to ensure that language in Article 5 review standards for applications involving a mobile home park clarify that the review standards in Article 3, Part 5 for Conditional Use review apply to new and expanded mobile home parks, but not individually to the alteration or replacement of a mobile home within a park. This amendment was adopted by City Council on November 27, 2017.

ZA-18-01 planBTV: Downtown Code: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to establish a new Article 14- planBTV: Downtown Code that will regulate all development in the Downtown and Waterfront district emphasizing the intended physical form, character of place, and compatibility of uses. This amendment replaces all existing regulations pertaining to development in the Downtown, Downtown Waterfront, Downtown Transition and Battery Street Transition zoning districts. This amendment was adopted by City Council on Nov. 13, 2017.  

ZA-18-02 Rezone St. Joseph's School NMU: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to rezone the portion of the former St. Joseph's school site from Residential Medium density to Neighborhood Mixed Use. This amendment was adopted by City Council on January 8, 2018.

ZA-18-03 Article 8 Food & Beverage Processing: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to update Table 8.1.8-1 regarding minimum off-street parking requirements based on the recently adopted ZA-17-08. This amendment was adopted by City Council on January 8, 2018.