Evansville-Vanderburgh County Unified Development Ordinance

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Part 1 of the UDO is now Live

The first draft of the UDO is ready to be reviewed! Five chapters are included in this draft: purpose and scope, applicability and conformity, zoning districts, use standards, and parking and loading standards.

This document will continually be updated based on the feedback received until the adoption of the UDO. Additionally, this document will be the topic of the next public meeting. Please review the document in preparation for the public meeting and leave feedback for the Staff and consultants to review by clicking the button below.  

Public Meeting 4

Public Meeting 4 will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (CST).

During this meeting, we will present elements of module 1 of the UDO that we have been working on. Five chapters have been drafted and are available to review on the “Document Center” tab. There will be opportunities for the public to provide feedback throughout the evening and after the meeting. If you are not able to attend, this material will be up for a while, even as we post new chapters.  You will have several opportunities throughout this process to provide input.

Please register for the meeting by clicking here. Once you are registered, a follow-up email will be sent to you with more information. 

Process & Public Meeting Update

The consultant team and staff are working to provide updates on this project. 

The project website has been updated. Important messages will be here on the home page and on the Document Center Page. All drafted documents, meeting materials, and survey results can be found on the Document Center Page as well. The FAQ (frequently asked questions) Page hosts commonly asked questions and answers for you to view. If you would like additional information, or want to provide feedback to the Staff and consultant team, please visit the Contact Us Page and fill out the form to send a message. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic shifted the project timeline. Staff, the Task Force, and consultant team have been meeting over the last year and drafting the UDO document. They have all been working together to determine the best way of getting information out to the public and hosting public meetings. Ultimately, online meetings will be scheduled to continue going through this process, and any online feedback will be greatly appreciated once drafts of the modules and final document become available. In-person meeting options will be explored as the weather improves. When and if in-person events are held, social distancing and masks will be enforced, and an online component will accompany the in-person event/meeting.

The next public meeting will provide an overview of five chapters of the UDO. These chapters include the purpose and scope, applicability and conformity, zoning districts, use standards, and parking and loading standards. This document will continually be updated based on the feedback received until the adoption of the UDO.

The public meeting will not go over all the content in the five chapters, but highlight key changes and topics. If you wish to review the draft document, please visit the Document Page – this will be the first link to click on and review. Any thoughts or comments about the draft can be submitted online through a form found on the same page. 

About the UDO

The City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County are in the process of updating the existing Zoning Ordinances and Subdivision Regulations.  The last major update of the current zoning codes occurred in 1962.  The subdivision ordinance has not been substantially updated since 1984.  Over the years, Evansville and Vanderburgh County’s development patterns have changed but the codes have not adapted to respond to these changes. In order to bring the ordinances up-to-date so they are consistent with today’s planning practices while allowing for development flexibility and creativity, the APC will update the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance into a UDO.

What is a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)?

A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a legal document that combines the traditional zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations, along with other desired regulations such as design guidelines, sign regulations, etc. into one comprehensive document.  The new UDO will govern land use, the subdivision of land, and development patterns in both Evansville and Vanderburgh County. This Ordinance will remove/replace out-of-date regulations, provide new processes, and incorporate flexibility in the Ordinance for more creative and appropriate development. The new UDO will contain tables and graphics, so it is easier to use and understand.  It will also simplify the review processes to be less cumbersome and allow for developers, residents, and business owners to obtain approvals quicker and less cumbersome by navigating the regulations through a user-friendly format.

Where to Go from Here

Document Center

Visit the Document Center to view previous meeting materials, survey results, documents, and drafts.

FAQ

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the UDO and process.

Contact Us

To get in touch with someone from the consultant team, please visit the Contact Us page and send us a message.