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Community Development

The Community Development Department reviews and makes recommendations for Planning and Zoning applications and staffs the Planning Commission and Development Review Board. 

County and region-wide, the department represents the City with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, the Vermont Department of Transportation, and major employers such as GlobalFoundries and New England Central Railroad.  

Contact Information

Chris Yuen
Community Development Director
​​​​​​​802-878-6944  EXT: 1607

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Terry Hass
Assistant Zoning Administrator
802-878-6944  EXT: 1604

Rental Housing Registry and Inspection Program

The City Council held public hearings on a proposed rental registry and inspection ordinance on January 24, 2024 and on February 28, 2024. They did not adopt the ordinance during the hearings and will re-evaluate the proposals at a future date.   To learn more about the proposed ordinance click on the button below. 

Rental Registry & Inspection Program

Current Community Development Projects:

  • Crescent Connector
  • Essex Junction Multimodal Station
  • 1 Main Street Park

Current Projects

Land Development Code

The City Council adopted major amendments to the Land Development Code on June 14, 2023. These changes took effect on July 5, 2023.

Land Development Code Amendments