Land Development Regulations
Regulations & Zoning
The City’s Land Development Regulations (LDRs) are used to establish specific standards to which all developments must meet. The LDRs are used to regulate property in terms of zoning; subdivision of land; provision of utilities; and procedures for legislative and Quasijudicial items, site plan reviews, subdivisions, and variances. Amendments to the LDRs require a public hearing before the City Council, and are adopted through Ordinances
In addition to the Land Development Regulations, the City has adopted Technical Manuals, which are used to provide technical specifications of development. These Technical Manuals are adopted by Resolution, and must be approved by City Council.
The City relies on the Municipal Code Corporation (Municode) for codifying local ordinances and law online. Please note, by clicking the link below, you will be redirected to the Municode library for the City. From this library, you can view the Land Development Regulations and the Technical Manuals.
Low Impact Development (LID)
The City Council adopted an ordinance encouraging and incentivizing Low Impact Development (LID). LID is a comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach that reduces runoff and utilizes infiltration techniques before the runoff reaches the stormwater facility. Ordinance No. 30-2021 and Exhibit A
Tree Protection Ordinance
On September 28, 2021, the City Council adopted ordinance 20-2021 amending the requirements for tree protection. This change includes requirements for tree canopy preservation for certain developments and changes the size of protected trees, among other changes.
- Ordinance #20-2021 (PDF)
- Ordinance #20-2021 (Accessible)
- Ordinance #20-2021 Strikethrough & Underline Version (PDF)
In August 2014, the City Council directed staff to propose a strategy to update and improve the City’s Land Development Regulations (LDR) in Fiscal Year 2015. The City Council selected a hybrid approach which includes a Zoning Code update with some changes to the Comprehensive Plan.
Through this process, with input from City Council and citizens, the staff created a more effective code by clarifying language, eliminating redundancies, and restructuring the code to follow a more logical order process. The changes were adopted by the Council in Ordinance Number 27-2016 on October 25, 2016.