For many years, Burlington has faced a housing crisis. Meanwhile, right now, progressive cities around the country are looking to housing policy as a solution to many of our central challenges, and reforming outdated land use policies that increase income inequality, promote sprawl, and drive up rents. Burlington leaders hope to follow suit.
In his annual State of the City address on April 1, 2019, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan to bring focus, urgency, and resolution to a years-long effort to reform housing policy in Burlington. This plan has three main pieces:
- BTV Housing Summit: On June 11, the City hosted the BTV Housing Summit to discuss five key areas for policy reform, hear from partners and community members about how to get these right, and begin developing a list for what policy reforms should come next.
- Initial recommendations: Based on input from the Summit, on Wednesday, September 4, 6:00-8:00 pm, the City will hold a second public meeting to share initial recommendations and proposals for housing policy reform and gather additional input.
- Action: The Administration will deliver draft ordinances for housing policy reforms to the Planning Commission and City Council for formal vetting and action in fall 2019.