Evansville-Vanderburgh County Unified Development Code Update

An update to the existing 40-year old Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), that will express a progressive vision that promotes thoughtful growth and protects the health, safety, and welfare of the community along with the property rights and values of its citizens.


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City of Evansville, Vanderburgh County

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Planning, Community Engagement

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Orion Planning + Design

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We were hired in partnership with Orion Planning + Design, to update the City and County’s zoning and subdivision codes into one joint Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The current zoning ordinance has not had a major update in 50 years. And the subdivision control ordinance hasn’t been updated in 35 years. The UDO will be the primary source of land use regulation for both the city and the county. It was apparent that many of the requirements in the ordinance were unclear or obsolete and must be updated with the inclusion of smart growth practices.

The UDO will implement the 2035 Evansville-Vanderburgh County Comprehensive Plan, the Millennial Plan 2040, and the University Parkway Corridor Plan. The new UDO will express a progressive vision that promotes thoughtful growth and protects the health, safety, and welfare of the community along with the property rights and values of its citizens.

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In addition to the ordinances themselves, procedural rules must be developed and organized for codification and adoption by the APC and Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). The City and County wish to modernize development regulations and address major issues such as:

·  Awkward and confusing ordinance format and structure

·  Separate codes for the City and the County with unnecessarily inconsistent provisions

·  Unclear and sometimes contradictory language

·  Standards or requirements which are difficult to meet or that result in excessive variances

·  Outdated standards that do not reflect the community’s priorities and values in land use and development, public infrastructure, and property rights; nor are they tailored to reflect urban versus suburban/rural settings

·  Unused zoning districts

·  Lack of graphics and illustrations

·  Lack of sufficient and clear definitions

·  Lack of detailed design guidelines and aesthetic criteria for key zoning districts

·  Lack of cross-references within sections, section headings, and a comprehensive index;

·   Insufficient incorporation and encouragement of smart growth practices for long term sustainability

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