Development Ordinance Rewrite

This Website is your place for information and announcements about the Development Ordinance Rewrite Project. The primary purpose of the project is to update the city’s Development Ordinance to create a more prosperous, livable, and balanced 21st century city. The current Development Ordinance contains the city’s zoning, subdivision, and environmental regulations, and was adopted in 1992. It treats development with a “one size fits all” approach that makes redevelopment and infill difficult, especially within the core city area. The project seeks to address this, and other problems, and modify the Development Ordinance to make it more user-friendly, incorporate modern best practices (where appropriate), and lay the foundation for a more livable city. The project will achieve these objectives through the following changes to the Development Ordinance:
  • Making the Development Ordinance more user-friendly
  • Making the Development Ordinance more customer-friendly
  • Implementing the Core City Plan
  • Revitalizing the city’s neighborhoods and gateways
  • Creating more livable suburban/greenfield communities
  • Creating additional flexibility and incentives to encourage development
This Website contains a wide variety of information that is updated frequently, so be sure to check back. Answers to several frequently asked questions about the project are located under the FAQ's tab.

The Work Products tab includes links to materials that have been prepared for the project such as the "refreshed" Code Assessment and individual installments of the updated Development Ordinance (as they are prepared).

The Meetings tab includes information on upcoming meetings, and you can reach the Project Manager at any point by completing the form on the Contact Us page.

The need for the Development Ordinance rewrite was originally identified by the Core City Plan adopted by the city in 2007. In 2008/2009 the city conducted an assessment of the Development Ordinance with assistance by Clarion Associates, a national land use and zoning consulting firm. In November 2009, the City Council directed city staff to proceed with the rewrite of the Development Ordinance, consistent with the recommendations of the Code Assessment. Funding for the project was secured when the city was selected (along with 151 other communities from a pool of over 1,500 applicants over 2010 and 2011) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in fall 2011 to receive a Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant. After securing funding, the city retained Clarion Associates to assist city staff with the project.

The Development Ordinance Rewrite Project has taken approximately three years to complete, and it included the following seven steps:
  1. Refreshing the 2009 Code Assessment
  2. Drafting the updated Development Ordinance (in three installments of related chapters)
  3. Preparing new design standards and preferred development types
  4. Testing the draft Development Ordinance
  5. Preparing a Development Guide for use by those proposing new development
  6. Training for the staff, city boards, and development community
  7. The public hearing process