Land Development Code Revisions: Phase 1
This process will begin with Chapter 500: Zoning
The County's Zoning Ordinance is located in Chapter 500 of the Land Development Code. This chapter was relocated and renumbered, but not revised during the 2012 LDC Revision project. This chapter lists each zoning district sequentially and includes things like lot dimensions and uses. Since the zoning regulations are formatted this way, revising information sometimes requires making edits to all 26 zoning district subsections in this chapter. This formatting also makes it more difficult to compare uses and dimensional standards across districts, as users need to open multiple sections of the document to compare at a time.
The first phase of the revision aims to consolidate Chapter 500 to align with best practice in land development regulation. The revision does 3 things: Groups Dimensional Standards, Adds a Use Standards Section, and Adds Tables to Show Where Uses are Allowed.
Open Tabs Below to Learn More
- 1. Grouping of Dimensional Standards
- 2. A Use Standards Section Added
- 3. Table Added to Show Where Uses are Allowed
Dimensional standards control how far buildings are located from the street, minimum yard sizes, and how much space buildings can take up on a lot.
Dimensional standards for each zoning district are grouped into categories. The standards for each district are listed in the table, rather than the current format of text strings. This standardizes how dimensional standards are listed, and makes it easier to compare zoning districts.
In the future, these tables will make it easier to modify dimensional requirements, if appropriate.
Zoning Categories are:
- AC, AC-1
- Agricultural Residential
- A-R, AR-1, AR-5
- Single Family Residential
- R-2, R-3, R-4
- AR-5MH, R-MH, R-1MH, R-2MH
- Multi-Unit Residential
- MF-1, MF-2, MF-3
Uses are the specific activities that can occur on a lot. Uses for each zoning district are removed and consolidated into a new Use Standards section. Currently, several uses are undefined, have conflicting definitions, or have definitions that vary by zoning district. The new Use Standards section consolidates these definitions from different sections of the LDC and provides definitions where terms were previously undefined.
In limited instances, the County Attorney's Office and the Zoning Administrator (the two authorities on legal interpretation of Chapter 500) worked with staff to determine which definition is most appropriate for terms with conflicting or situational definitions.
Some uses in Chapter 500 include performance standards (rules on how each use must be conducted), and those performance standards are retained and listed after each definition.
Finally, each use includes a reference to the latest version of the LDC, so the former language is accessible for training purposes and to allow the public and development community to acclimate to the new format.
513.8.A. Animal Services 3. Veterinary Office/Hospital: Under section b. ii - references to existing code section for training/acclimation phase.
513.8.C. Eating and Drinking 2. Restaurant: Under sections a. and b. - Definition provided for every use. Definitions are removed from glossary and placed here.
Use allowability is which uses can be conducted in each zoning district. The Chapter 500 has four allowability types: Principal Permitted, Conditional Use, Special Exception, and Accessory Use. Conditional Use and Special Exception Uses have to meet specific conditions and require a public hearing.
Use allowability is indicated on one table that lists each use on one axis and each zoning district on the other axis. This format allows the user to see where every use can occur.
Use allowability remains as it is today: permitted, conditional, and special exception use allowability is retained. Some accessory uses are relocated, others are listed on the table, depending on the nature of each use. A new allowability type, Limited, is added to indicate that the use is allowed only if specific criteria is met.
Use Groups Are:
- Civic and Institutional