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Sue Sgambelluri

Common Council

City of Bloomington

Representing District 2

UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE
AND ZONING

What changes are you 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?

 

The Unified Development Ordinance 

(local laws governing land use and development) and

the Zoning Map answer exactly these kinds of questions. 

 

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

 

In March 2021, proposed changes to the UDO were introduced to the Plan Commission as a series of ten proposed amendments.  Following final decisions by the Plann Commission, these text amendments were sent to City Council for our review and approval (a process called "certifying".)   These amendments were discussed and debated individually in a series of public hearings spanning five meetings over two weeks.  Each meeting had multiple opportunities for public comment. Major outcomes include the following:

 

  • 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 conditionally (not by-right) in R1, R2, and R3 zones.  This means that any proposed duplexes must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals before proceeding.

 

  • 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 too close together or in too short of a time window) were reinstated.   

 

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

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

 

Like all my colleagues on City Council, I'll be watching very closely as new duplexes are proposed in the coming months.  In particular, I will want to know the percentage that are owner occupied, the percentage that will be used for rentals, the neighborhoods in which they are located, and whether or not their price points are actually consistent with those for workforce housing.   Your  feedback is welcome and needed.   Help your representatives understand how zoning is impacting you and your neighborhood.  

FIND OUT MORE

FIRST SATURDAYS CONSTITUENT  MEETINGS

Saturday
January 7, 2023

1:30 to 3:00 pm

We'll be meeting

via Zoom this month.  

Click below to join!

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Topics This Month:

2023 City Elections
2022 Recap + 2023 Preview


Plus:
Your Ideas,
Questions, and Comments!

 

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