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Decatur Diary | June 2, 2014

UDO Effort Enters Final Phase: Details here

The city’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) process wrapped up its second phase in May after four drill-down sessions explored  details of the following regulatory topics:

Community character: What is it? Does it matter, and how/if should it be regulated? Participant sentiments were diverse, from increased control over details like house size and lot coverage to loosening up regulations currently in place to removing some regulations altogether.

Storm water management and the balancing of individual and community concerns. The meeting explored ways to make meeting storm water requirements easier and possibly less costly through the use of trees and green infrastructure.

Sustainability, with a focus on high performance and “green” buildings, as well as issues such as outdoor lighting, animals, and unbundled parking.

New zoning categories, where a variety of new housing types, targeting the housing goals that emerged during the 2010 Strategic Plan, were presented for consideration and discussion.

Phase 3 of the Unified Development Ordinance, including the distillation of all that community conversation into rules for consideration, is currently underway. The UDO team began responding to all feedback received in May. Check out the timeline moving forward here.

Stay tuned to for ongoing coverage on the process so far and moving forward and share your thoughts on the issues raised.

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