People often use the terms "planning" and "zoning" interchangeably. However, zoning is merely one tool that the planning profession utilizes. Perhaps this confusion is due to the immediate impact that a zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations have on people's everyday lives. Together, these two documents work to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the community.
At the City of Burlington, the Planning and Community Development Department administers and enforces the zoning and subdivision processes. The City of Burlington has also established a Planning and Zoning Commission to advise the City Council on such matters.