Q: Why is the City preparing a Comprehensive Plan?
A: The new Comprehensive Plan will be utilized by the City to define policies and priorities for coordinated growth; community revitalization; and the provision of public services/infrastructure. The planning document will include policy statements, goals, objectives, guidelines, maps and graphics to serve as a guide for future land use and fiscal decision making. In November 2010, Burlington was awarded a $50,000 Smart Planning Grant to assist in this process.
Q: Why does this matter to me?
A: This is one of the best opportunities available to residents to really influence the future of the City. Residents and property owners are typically most interested in the future land use map and policies, which will establish the land uses that will or will not be approved – not only within the City, but also within two miles of the current City boundary.
Q: Who will create this plan?
A: The plan will be created by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, with input and feedback from residents. Planning consultant MSA Professional Services, Inc. is assisting the City, including draft document preparation and meeting facilitation. Both the City Planning Commission and City Council will hold public meetings before final adoption of the Plan.
Q: What is the schedule for this process?
A: The planning process kicked off in October 2011 and will take approximately twelve months to complete. Please see the Project Schedule page for details.
Q: How can I/should I get involved?
A: There are two primary ways to participate in the planning process: 1) Attend any or all of the public meetings (Project Schedule) 2) Review draft materials (Documents) posted to this site and provide comments on any issues of concern.
Q: How can I stay informed about available draft materials?
A: Please sign up for email updates, above right. As draft documents become available they will be posted to this website. We will post a note about their availability on the site. We will also post notifications prior to each designated public input meeting.