City Council cites enrollment, housing concerns in tabling Trinity rezoning


Ivy Kirby

Mercy Hall, a residential building on Trinity campus.

Molly Yeska, Cynic News Reporter

The Burlington City Council tabled UVM’s zoning proposal for more developments on Trinity campus, according to a Feb. 21 VTDigger article.

The zoning plan would allow the University to build denser on-campus housing up to 80 feet tall, according to the plan. The council is concerned that more student housing would lead to more student enrollment and exacerbate Burlington’s housing crisis, according to the article.

By tabling the University’s zoning request, the council will not advance any debate on the proposal, according to the article. Councilors sought for UVM to regulate enrollment before advancing the proposal, according to the article.

“UVM has a good working relationship with the City of Burlington, and we will continue to partner with city officials to keep finding the best path forward, including the zoning updates,” stated UVM Spokesperson Enrique Corredera in a Feb. 24 email.

The zoning request follows a Sept. 6, 2022 University announcement of a new housing project intended for graduate students, faculty and staff in South Burlington, anticipated to be completed summer 2026, according to a Sept. 6, 2022 press release.