Sustainable Development Incentives

The City of Bloomington recognizes sustainability as a key component of nurturing Bloomington's long-term environmental, economic and social integrity. The City's Unified Development Ordinance offers developers certain bonuses and allowances for buildings including features that help meet particular sustainability goals. These benefits are for developers, not individual residents. For a full description of the incentives, see section 20.05.049 of Bloomington's Unified Development Ordinance.

Sustainability Goals:

Incentives are based on a three tiered system, with bonuses accorded to the number of sustainable practices included in the projects.


Requirements Bonuses

Residential districts Nonresidential districts
Level one incentives *At least 2 energy and resource efficiency projects *Side building setbacks decreased to 6 feet *Side building setbacks decreased by 25 percent
*1 landscape and site design project *Rear building setbacks decreased to 20 feet *Rear building setbacks decreased by 25 percent
*1 public policy project *Maximum residential density increased by 25 percent
*1 public transportation project
Level two incentives *At least 3 energy and resource efficiency projects *Side building setbacks decreased to 5 feet *Side building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 landscape and site design projects *Rear building setbacks decreased to 15 feet *Rear building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 public policy projects *Maximum residential density increased by 50 percent
*2 public transportation projects
Level three incentives *At least 4 energy and resource efficiency projects *Side building setbacks decreased to 5 feet *Side building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 landscape and site design projects *Rear building setbacks decreased to 15 feet *Rear building setbacks decreased by 50 percent
*2 public policy projects *Maximum residential density increased by 75 percent
*2 public transportation projects
*Allocation of at least 15 percent affordable housing units