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The current land use regulations were adopted in 1988 and have been amended approximately 180 times. Many of the requirements and processes outlined in the code are not clearly defined, are onerous, overly complex, contradictory, unenforceable, or have become obsolete. This has led to: inconsistent application of code requirements, delays in plan review and application processing, risk for legal challenges, and confusion and frustration for staff and public.
Additionally, two of the top priorities of the Comprehensive Plan (adopted in 2017) include updating the City’s land use regulations to ensure conformity with the plan’s goals, and to update the zoning map to align with the future land use plan.
Much about the new code will be different. Parts of the existing code that have worked well were carried over to the new code. Additional provisions have been added to bring the code into compliance with state law and to more closely reflect the intent of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The content is organized differently and is written in simple, non-technical language. Ambiguous and contradictory provisions eliminated, and new graphics and tables were added.
To determine the proposed zoning of a property:
No. Applications submitted prior to the effective date of the new code and zoning map will continue to adhere to the regulations and map that are currently in place and processing will continue.
If you do not intend to significantly improve your property, the code revisions will have limited impact on your property. The updated code requirements come into effect when you want to make an improvement that would require a development application.
In most circumstances, properties will only experience very minor changes to its zoning. For more information on the effects of different zoning change types, view the summary of zoning map changes.
Yes! Once the public comment period is closed, City staff will create updated drafts based on the public comments received. The updated drafts will then be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Aldermen where both bodies will hold public hearings, providing additional opportunity for public comment and consideration before adoption. Meeting dates will be added to this page once they are scheduled.