Sue Sgambelluri

Common Council

City of Bloomington

Representing District 2

FIRST SATURDAYS CONSTITUENT  MEETINGS
UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE
AND NEW ZONING

THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL.

What changes will you be permitted to make to your property? 

Could you add a “granny flat”? 

What could a developer build on that lot next door

(or down the street)? 

What materials need to be used for

new construction in your neighborhood?

 

Once finalized, the Unified Development Ordinance (local laws governing land use and development) and the Zoning Map will  answer exactly these kinds of questions for years to come. 

 

(So again … this is a big deal!)

 

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

 

In early March, proposed changes to the UDO were introduced to the Plan Commission as a series of ten proposed amendments.  These amendments have been discussed and debated individually in recent weeks in a series of public hearings with multiple opportunities for public comment.  Here are some key outcomes:

 

  • The number of new R4 Zones (urban residential areas that allow multiplexes) has been reduced and concentrated in nodes or corridors across the city offering proximity to transit routes, major employers, schools, and/or shopping centers, or in new undeveloped areas.

 

  • Duplexes are permitted by right (not conditionally) in R1, R2, R3, and R4 zones.

 

  • In the existing R1-R3 zones, proposed use-specific standards for physical spacing and timing of duplex projects  (designed to keep too many duplexes from being built in close proximity or in a short amount of time) were voted down.  

 

  • Triplexes are permitted by right in R4, as are fourplexes.

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

 

UDO Amendments: 

Once recommendations have been certified, City Council then has 90 days to do one of the following:   (1) adopt the proposed amendments (which gives them force of law), or (2) amend them, or (3) reject them.  If we vote to amend or reject these ordinances, then we send those items back to Plan Commission with a statement of our reasoning. The Plan Commission then has 45 days to consider it’s next steps.  If they approve our changes, the amended ordinances will become law.  If the Plan Commission disapproves what we have submitted, then Council’s action on the original rejection or amendment will stand only if confirmed by another vote of Council within 45 days.

 

Zoning Map:

 

Once the Map is certified to City Council, we have 90 days to vote it up or down.  We do not have the power to amend it.   If we vote it up, then it takes effect.  If we reject it, then the map is defeated.

 

If City Council fails to take any action on the above items (HIGHLY unlikely!), then the amendments and new Zoning Map automatically become law.

 

City Council will offer multiple opportunities for public comment,  and your feedback is welcome and needed.   Help your representatives understand how proposed zoning will affect you and your neighborhood.  In addition, please consider sharing your feedback through online surveys on the project website.

 

FIND OUT MORE 

Saturday,

June 5, 2021

1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics This Month:

 

Impact of the New Hospital Site

Lower Cascades

UDO | Zoning Map | Wildlife

 

Special Guests:

 

Planning & Transportation Staff

Parks & Recreation Staff

 

Plus

Your Ideas,

Questions, and Comments!

 

Can't make it to the meeting this time?  

Please email me at the address below.

In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, we'll be meeting via Zoom this month.

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How can Bloomington City Government

best serve you? 

BloomingtonSue@gmail.com