David White, FAICP
David White’s nearly 30-year public-sector planning practice has served Vermont’s most rural communities to its most urban. Working in Vermont’s largest city, David has helped secure Burlington’s place as one of the country’s most progressive livable and dynamic small cities. His work has been widely recognized within Vermont and across northern New England. Recognized for his patient manner and collaborative spirit, David’s distinguished career demonstrates a sustained commitment to planning with the long view. The result is a legacy of past work and future opportunities that provide a significant contribution to the community, and the planners that will follow him.
David is a life-long Vermonter born and raised in the Connecticut River Valley, and with his wife of 36 years Susan, has three adult sons and two grandsons. They are passionate about being outdoors as much as they can, and are often found in the mountains skiing and hiking, on their boat enjoying Lake Champlain, or traveling to new destinations.
David has been a member of the National Ski Patrol since 1981 serving as both a professional (Alta Ski Lifts, 1984-87) and volunteer (Smugglers’ Notch, 1981-84 & 1999-2011, and Stowe Mountain Resort 2021-present) alpine ski patroller.
David White has been a public-sector urban planner working at both the local and regional level in Vermont for more than 30 years. His professional practice has served some of Vermont smallest and largest, poorest and wealthiest communities.
David has spent much of his professional career working for the City of Burlington, VT - Vermont’s largest city with a population of ~44,000 nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. David served as Burlington’s Comprehensive Planner from 1995-2007, Director of Planning & Zoning from 2007-2019 and finally Director of Planning from 2019-2021.
In his 26+ years of service to the City, David has played a leading role in securing Burlington’s place as one of the country’s most celebrated progressive livable and dynamic small cities. He played a lead role in the creation of the North Street Commercial District Revitalization Plan, the 2000 Open Space Protection Plan and resulting Conservation Legacy Program and Fund, the Burlington Transportation Plan, and the award winning planBTV: Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan name only a few. His most recent accomplishment has been the development of a form based code for the city’s downtown and waterfront area.
Most recently, David led the newly-created Office of City Planning whose staff provide professional and technical assistance and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, Planning Commission, and other City departments on land use planning and development issues and opportunities as a basis for informing decisions on policy alternatives, implementation strategies, and investment priorities. City Planning also leads the City’s data development, analysis, and sharing efforts for both internal and external users.
David was admitted to the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) - the professional institute of the American Planning Association (APA) - in 1997, and is a past-president of the Northern New England Chapter of the APA and member of AICP’s National Membership Standards Committee. In 2016 David was recognized by the Vermont Planner’s Association as their Mark Bloucher Professional Planner of the Year, and in 2018 was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows - the highest honor the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member.
David holds a Master’s Degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences received in 1989, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Vermont received in 1984.
EducationUniversity of Vermont
Graduation Date: May, 1984
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Graduation Date: May, 1989
Degree Level: Graduate
Job HistoryLamoille County Planning Commission
October,1989 - August,1995
Dept. of Planning & Zoning
Director of Planning & Zoning
August,2007 - June,2019
Dept. of Planning & Zoning
August,1995 - August,2007
City of Burlington
Director of Planning
July,2019 - November,2021
Community and Economic Development Office
January,2019 - July,2019