New Development Ordinance

Overview



The City Council adopted a new Development Ordinance on May 16, 2016 that goes into effect on January 1, 2017.  The new Development Ordinance (PDF)  is a replacement of the City’s Development Ordinance that was last rewritten in 1992 and it contains ten chapters that govern the City’s zoning, subdivision, and environmental regulations.
 
The old Development Ordinance had 38 zoning districts and the new Development Ordinance has 28. The Zoning District translation Table (PDF) illustrates those changes.  Many of the new districts are a translation from the old districts, which means that the zoning district was renamed, and in some cases combined with other districts and a rezoning is not required.  However, there are some instances where properties must be rezoned to a new zoning district. 

Zoning Map Application

 

The City created a zoning map application  that allows the public to enter an address to see how the property is zoned under the old Development Ordinance and how it will be zoned under the new Development Ordinance when it goes into effect.  Click on the link above (marked zoning map application) to learn more about the differences between the old and new districts. 

Dual Ordinance

 

After the new Development Ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2017, and for all of the calendar year 2017, an applicant submitting a development proposal may opt out of using the zoning standards in the new Development Ordinance and elect to use the zoning standards in the old Development Ordinance for their project.  The purpose is to provide options in case some unforeseen circumstances arise with the new Development Ordinance that could unintentionally delay an applicant from moving forward with a development project.