Posts Tagged ‘Community character’

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. For example, those at the top of a water flow may feel differently about adding a large, impervious patio than those at the bottom of the flow dealing with a flooded basement fueled by increased runoff. The meeting explored ways to broaden residents options for 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 leveraged in service of the City’s housing goals that emerged during the 2010 Strategic Plan were presented for consideration and discussion.

Phase 3 of the Unified Development Ordinance, which includes distilling the community conversation into rules for consideration, is currently underway. The UDO team began responding to all feedback received in May. The timeline moving forward is:

June: Preliminary direction presented to the UDO citizen Steering Committee; City Commission updated on progress; initial drafts reviewed by city staff.

July: Full draft released for public review via DecaturNext.com; drill-down issues addressed via Open City Hall.

August: Full draft presented to City Commission. Review and comment period opens, followed by second draft late in the month.

September: Comprehensive draft presented to Planning Commission and City Commission.

Visit  www.decaturnext.com for ongoing coverage on the process so far and moving forward and share your thoughts on the issues raised.

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