The City of Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) seeks
the services of qualified consultants to conduct an assessment of the current
Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Ordinance and to evaluate its impact on the provision of
housing opportunities for all Vermont’s citizens, particularly low-to moderateincome
households. This analysis should examine whether inclusionary zoning has
led to inclusion and the creation of economically integrated communities that allow
households of modest means access to a range of opportunities, the underlying
principles of the ordinance. Based on findings, if applicable, recommendations
should be made on how to render the ordinance a more effective tool.
To read more, click here for the full RFP. All questions pertaining to the RFP must be submitted to Gillian Nanton by email (email@example.com) by noon on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016. All answers to any questions received by the above date and time will be emailed to the qualified consultants who received the RFP by Friday, April 1st, 2016. Consultants shall prepare a proposal and budget and send it via email to Gillian Nanton by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. To read more about Burlington’s current Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, click here.
Last week the Burlington City Council approved a Housing Action Plan to address the city’s housing crisis. To view the final draft of the plan as well as public comments made on previous drafts, click here. to read more about the plan view the WAMC report below as listen to the audio here:
The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved a Housing Action Plan that includes 22 initiatives to create new housing and reduce costs in Vermont’s largest city.
The Housing Action plan adopted by the city council on Tuesday had been drafted over 16 months. In 2014, a study commissioned by the city found that 58 percent of city residents rent and spend an average of 44 percent of their income on housing. It also found the city lagging in production of new housing particularly for low and moderate income sectors. Following the release of the Downtown Housing Strategy Report city officials engaged the public and business sectors to create the Housing Action Plan.
City councilor Sharon Foley Bushor, a Ward 1 Independent, says the plan is a necessary step and a good start for the city. “The plan brings to the forefront housing as a priority for the community, which has been established for years and years, but it also identifies 22 specific points that need focus and attention in order to address the needs of everyone in the community. So it not only targets and looks at low and moderate income people but it also looks at establishing a good mix of housing in our community so there’ll be some market rate housing.. It looks to establish really housing for a diverse community. So it’s a go to plan.”
Central District Progressive Jane Knodell is president of the city council. She says input from residents, developers and advocates was gathered to create a strong consensus document. “I think it is absolutely crucial that we start to build housing in the city of Burlington. And this plan lays out some strategies that will hopefully help break through whatever it is that’s really blocking significant investment in housing in Burlington.”
The 22 proposals include prioritizing affordable housing, expanding the Housing Trust Fund, reducing regulatory barriers, exploring transportation options and parking, building code reform, reviewing college housing, and creating new approaches to homelessness. It also establishes targets for different household types, addresses regulations, land use and quality of life issues.
Knodell adds the plan reinforces a number of challenges the city of about 42,000 residents faces. “It either is or it is certainly perceived to be very difficult to get a permit to build in the city of Burlington. That really inhibits investment because the developers are thinking I can’t invest all this money and end up maybe not even getting a permit. Because they have to hire architects and lawyers and there’s a lot of work that goes into a project before you even start to dig into the ground. And in Burlington the perception is that it’s just too risky to put all this money in and then maybe not get the permit. And so form based code, which is a new way of zoning the downtown, is being advanced as a possible solution to that problem.”
CEDO is looking to fill two positions in their newly re-organized Sustainability, Housing and Economic Development team which will continue CEDO’s legacy of innovation around entrepreneurship, housing, jobs, and growing a more diverse and vibrant city.
The first position is Assistant Director for Sustainability Housing and Economic Development. This position oversees the team charged with developing
policy and facilitating projects to create sustainable growth of housing and
economic enterprise in the City of Burlington. Click here for details.
The second position is Project and Policy Specialist with a particular focus on housing development and the implementation of the City’s almost completed Housing Action Plan. This a great opportunity for an engaged, smart and organized person to play a key role in one of the administrations highest priorities. Click here for details.
Both positions are currently open until filled.