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The City of Bloomington is updating it's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO contains all of the land use and development regulations that apply to construction in the City. A consulting firm, Clarion Associates, will be assisting the City with this project. This website will provide information about the update process, public meetings, and other project materials.  Information will be updated as the process continues. Please bookmark this page and check back frequently. 

UDO Adoption Draft

An Adoption Draft will be presented to the Plan Commission for their consideration.  The Adoption Draft is based on input considered throughout the UDO Update process (Kickoff, UDO Assessment, Zone Districts and Permitted Uses, Dimensional and Development Standards, Procedures and Administration, and Consolidated Draft) as well as policy guidance from the Comprehensive Plan.  Once the Plan Commission makes a recommendation on the Adoption Draft, then the Common Council must make a decision within 90 days. 

Notices to all properties within the City's corporate boundaries are sent by mail, starting the week of July 29, 2019. The first Plan Commission hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm, Council Chambers. Subsequent hearings are tentatively scheduled for August 29 and September 5, 2019. The Plan Commission may continue the Adoption Draft request to additional hearings. Public comments will be taken at the Plan Commission hearings.  Comments can be submitted prior to the first Plan Commission hearing August 5 through August 26, 4 PM using the Public Review #6 form in the link below: 

August 26, 29 and September 5, 2019

    1. UDO Adoption Draft (available August 5, 2019)  Copies also available at the Monroe County Public Library and at the Planning and Transportation Department
    2. Mailed Public Notice
    3. UDO Adoption Draft Significant Changes Overview 
    4. UDO and Comprehensive Plan Index 
    5. Indiana State Law on Zoning Ordinance Process IC-36-7-4-600 Series
    6. Conversion Zoning Map (posted March 25, 2019 under the Consolidated Draft Section)

    Public Review #6: Submit Comments - Open August 5 through August 26, 2019 (closes 4 PM)

    UDO Advisory Committee

    An Advisory Committee has been established to help guide the City and it's consultants in the UDO update process. This group will meet with the consultant team each time a new draft of UDO language is produced to give feedback on the material. The members of this Committee are:

    • Adam Thies, Assistant Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities at Indiana University
    • Darcie Fawcett, President of Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association
    • Efrat Feferman, Executive Director of United Way of Monroe County
    • Joe Hoffmann, City Plan Commission member
    • Dedaimia Whitney, Environmental Commission
    • Jim Murphy, President of CFC Properties
    • Jennifer Pearl, President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
    • Susan Sandberg, City Council and Plan Commission member
    • Talisha Coppock, Executive Director of Downtown Bloomington, Inc.
    • Barre Klapper, City Board of Zoning Appeals member
    • Isabel Piedmont-Smith, City Council member
    • John Kennedy, Council of Neighborhood Associations

    Past UDO Update Meetings

    Consolidated UDO Draft

    March 19-20, 2019 

      The consultant team will integrate all three modules into a Consolidated Draft.  This draft includes changes based on prior public/stakeholder comments and are also clearly footnoted.  This step provides an opportunity to highlight key changes made and seek additional public/stakeholder comments.  This step will help prepare an adoption draft for consideration by the Plan Commission and City Common Council (next step). 

      1. UDO Consolidated Draft (now available 3/12/2019)
      2. UDO Consolidated Draft Summary Memo
      3. Process Infographic
      4. Presentation Handout 
      5. Frequently Asked Questions (updated 3/20/2019)
      6. Public Notice and Meeting Schedule - March 19th and 20th, 2019
      7. Common Council Presentation (March 20, 2019)
      8. Conversion Zoning Map (posted March 25, 2019)
      9. Missing Middle Frequently Asked Questions (posted May 17, 2019)

      Public Review #5: Public Comment closed on 5/1/2019 at 9 AM for the Consolidated Draft

      Procedures and Administration 

      November 27 - 28, 2018 

        Module 3 will address changes to the review and adoption procedures and criteria for both new development and redevelopment projects. It will also cover non-conforming uses, enforcement of the UDO, and other administrative functions of the UDO.  Like prior Modules, proposed changes to the existing UDO are footnoted and are aimed to implement the Comprehensive Plan. 

        1. Module 3 - Procedures and Administration
        2. Presentation Handout 
        3. Public Notice and Meeting Schedule - November 27th and 28th, 2018
        Public Review #4: Comment period closed 1/4/2019 

        Dimensional and Development Standards

        September 11 - 12, 2018 

          Module 2 will cover the dimensional standards (height, size, setbacks, and location of primary and accessory structures) and the development layout and quality standards (access/ connectivity, parking, lighting, landscaping/buffering, signage, and maintenance standards). Just as in Module 1, proposed changes to the existing UDO are footnoted and are aimed to implement the Comprehensive Plan. 

          1. Module 2 - Development Standards, Incentives, and Student Housing Supplement  
          2. Presentation Handout
          3. Public Notice and Meeting Schedule - September 11th and 12th, 2018
          Public Review #3: Comment period closed 1/4/2019

          Zone Districts and Permitted Uses

          July 16 - 17, 2018 

            This next step of the UDO assessment (Module 1) proposes changes to the existing UDO, each change is footnoted, and are aimed to address the menu of zone districts needed to implement the Comprehensive Plan. This assessment also focuses on the uses (permitted/conditional/accessory/temporary uses) for each zoning district. Materials for this assessment step can be accessed below:

            1. Module 1: UDO Zone Districts and Uses 
            2. Presentation Handout
            3. Public Notice and Meeting Schedule - July 16 - 17, 2018
            Public Review #2: Comment period closed 1/4/2019

            UDO Assessment

            April 30 - May 1, 2018 

              A detailed assessment of the city’s current UDO will identify recommended development regulations that need to be added, deleted, or revised to better align the UDO with the Comprehensive Plan objectives.  There are several public review opportunities throughout this phase of the UDO update process and are detailed in the Project Summary Handout (see above link). Materials for the UDO Assessment can be accessed below: 

              1. UDO Diagnosis and Outline Handout - April 30 to May 1, 2018
              2. Presentation Handout 
              3. Public Notice and Meeting Schedule - April 30 and May 1, 2018
              Public Review #1: Comment period closed 1/4/2019

              Kickoff Public Meeting

              February 6, 2018  

              A public meeting to introduce the project was held on February 6, 2018. Links to the handout, PowerPoint Presentation, and video of the meeting are available below.