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Decatur Diary | July 11, 2014

UDO Draft Ready for Prime Time: Series of meetings scheduled

Those who’ve followed along and participated in the Unified Development Ordinance process so far know the road we’ve been down. Last fall, in Phase 01, we began by revisiting the Decatur Strategic Plan, considering areas where city goals were not supported by existing ordinances, and identifying areas to focus on. General approaches to addressing those areas were then integrated with the overall clean-up effort and, in a meeting January 8, were affirmed by residents — together with a request that four areas (character, stormwater, sustainability/green building, and new zoning districts) be given further opportunity for community consideration and discussion.

That discussion comprised Phase 02 and took place this past spring. Scroll through the full list of sequential UDO reports for recaps of each meeting.

We’re now into Phase 03, during which the working UDO draft will be released, revised and, ultimately, presented to city commission for consideration. First up in that process will be a series of meetings where the current draft will be unveiled, and residents can get a first look, ask questions of city staff, and provide initial comments and direction. Please join us during any of the following open house drop-by sessions:

Review and Comment on the UDO Draft
Drop-by Open House
Monday, July 21 | 9am-4pm | Decatur Recreation Center | 231 Sycamore Street

Review and Comment on the UDO Draft
Drop-by Open House
Tuesdsy, July 22 | 9am-4pm | Decatur Recreation Center | 231 Sycamore Street

Review and Comment on the UDO Draft
Drop-by Open House
Wednesday, July 23 | 10am-Noon and 7-9pm | The Solarium | Oakhurst Village

Review and Comment on the UDO Draft
Drop-by Open House
Thursday, July 24 | 10am-Noon and 7-9pm | Decatur City Hall | City Commission Room

Need a reminder? Here’s a printable flyer with all the details.

Following the meetings, and prior to the draft’s first presentation to the commission at their work session in August, residents will have a three week period closing August 8 to consider and submit additional comments. Following the commission’s work session, there’ll be a second review and comment period, with a follow-through draft delivered later that month. That draft, with any final adjustments, will then be submitted to city commission in September for consideration.

Drafts will also be posted here for download. Stay tuned to  www.decaturnext.com for ongoing coverage of the process and be sure to share your thoughts on the issues raised.

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