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Request for Proposals: Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Evaluation

Posted March 25, 2016

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 ( 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.


Burlington City Council Passes Housing Action Plan

Posted October 22, 2015

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.”


Job Opportunities with CEDO

Posted July 24, 2015

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.



Job Opportunity: Assistant Director for Housing at CEDO

Posted December 17, 2014

Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) is looking to hire a new Assistant Director for Housing. This position manages the Housing Division of CEDO. Primary responsibility is to develop, coordinate, implement and administer a comprehensive program to address the City’s housing needs. This includes oversight of the City’s housing policies, programs and initiatives, and administration of various housing ordinances. Also involves advancing public policy focused on expanding housing opportunities across the economic spectrum. To read a full description of the job functions and requirements click here.

To apply, submit resume and a City of Burlington Application to: Human Resources Department, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington, Vermont 05401. To obtain an application or for more information about the City of Burlington, please see their website: Deadline to apply is January 15, 2015.



Input Sought for Burlington’s One-Year Action Plan for Housing & Community Development

Posted April 22, 2014

The City of Burlington is soliciting input on its 2014 One-Year Action Plan for Housing & Community Development and on activities to be undertaken as part of that Plan. The City anticipates receiving $716,684 in CDBG dollars and $388,428 in HOME dollars to support housing, community and economic development activities. The City will also allocate $65,814 in Entitlement 13 funds.

To read the draft document, click here.

On Monday, April 28, 2014, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Public Hearing before the Burlington City Council to hear comments on the draft One-Year Action Plan and on the funding recommendations of the CDBG Advisory Board, which comprise the projects and activities for the One-Year Action Plan. Written comments will also be accepted on the Plan through the close of business on May 9, 2014, at the Community & Economic Development Office, 149 Church Street, Room 32, City Hall, Burlington, VT 05401 or


Free Film Screening – MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic

Posted October 17, 2013

Next week is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.  Burlington and Winooski have the 7th oldest housing stock in the country, and over 70% of these housing units may have lead-based paint hazards.

On Thursday, October 24 join the Burlington Lead Program and the Vermont Housing Conservation Board for a a Special Engagement Preview Screening of the new documentary MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic.

The free screening will take place at 5pm in Burlington at the Contois Auditorium.  More about the event and film:

The film tells the story of an Oregon mother, Tamara Rubin, whose children were lead poisoned after contractors failed to use lead safe work practices when doing home renovations. Tamara has been travelling the country meeting with experts and other parents of lead poisoned children looking for answers.  The BLP Team had an opportunity to screen the movie a few weeks ago and we were very impressed with the movie.

A panel discussion with the film’s Director, Tamara Rubin, and experts in the health and lead poisoning prevention fields will follow the screening.

Lead is not the most exciting issue, and yet we must continue to get the word out about how people can keep children safe from lead.

Watch the trailer of the film below:



For more information about the screening contact Lauren at 802.846.0149.

See also: Burlington Lead Program PSA


Against the Odds, a Burlington Housing Development Will Remain Affordable — Forever

Posted August 10, 2012

By Kevin J. Kelley [08.08.12]

The fate of two low-income housing projects in Burlington hung in the balance last year when Pizzagalli Properties announced plans to sell the Wharf Lane and Bobbin Mill apartment buildings to the highest bidder. Almost 100 renters faced eviction until the Burlington Housing Authority swooped in with a deal that keeps the apartments subsidized for the indefinite future.

There’s no such cliffhanger at South Meadow, a 148-unit mixed-income development off Pine Street between Home Avenue and Queen City Park Road in the city’s South End. Under a financing deal struck with the Champlain Housing Trust that is expected to be formally concluded next month, the development’s cheaper units will remain affordable permanently, and some market-rate units will convert to affordable apartments and condos. Bottom line: The total number of affordable units will grow from 40 to 88.

Link to full Seven Days article

PDF of Seven Days article


Lead Project Specialist, City of Burlington Job Posting

Posted October 24, 2011

The Burlington Lead Program, a program of the City’s Community & Economic Development (CEDO), is seeking a self-starter that wants to be part of an activist housing team. We have operated with HUD LHC funds since 2003 and continually exceed all benchmarks. Twice, we have been recognized by the US Conference of Mayor’s for our lead safety efforts. We have an innovative local lead safety ordinance and are embarking on a process to build capacity for transitioning to a more holistic healthy housing approach.


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