The Planning staff assists in the development and implementation of community development plans and administers local development regulations to ensure development of land meets the community's standards. Working with residents, developers, and other City departments, the Planning and Zoning Division works to encourage orderly growth and redevelopment, while preserving a quality living environment in Burlington.
The Burlington Zoning and Subdivision Code contains those regulations that control land use in this City. This code describes the specific Zoning Districts within the community and which uses are permitted and prohibited in such areas. The code also lists various requirements for building size and setback, signs, parking, landscaping, and other development requirements.
What We Do:
Zoning & Subdivision
Staff administers Burlington's Zoning and Subdivision Regulations. You can get information and answers on site plan review for new construction or additions, fence and sign permits, home occupations, subdividing land, zoning designation, and other development requirements.
Staff coordinates the process of review for development proposals within the City - including subdivisions, rezoning, new development (site plan), and other development requests. Staff distributes plans and requests to other City Departments and local utilities to receive comments on a request and works with an applicant to ensure the development meets all applicable requirements.
Staff Support to Boards and Commissions
Staff processes applications and prepares reports and recommendations to the City Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission.
Grant Application & Administration
Staff works to secure funding for projects and programs in Burlington. Examples include trail funding (Flint River Trail), Brownfield grants, and housing programs. Staff also works with SEIRPC to apply, coordinate and administer grant programs locally.