The Unified Development Code (UDC), which became effective July 1, 2011, is a comprehensive document designed to consolidate the City's former Zoning Ordinance, Platting Ordinance, and other developmental regulations.
The purpose of the UDC is based on three principles:
- A one-book resource for all regulations pertaining to development.
- The UDC is written in easy to understand, everyday language.
- The UDC is organized to promote flow, consistency, and the ability to find information easily.
UDC Amendments Adopted by Council
- Revises the duration of the materials and workmanship warranty for streets from one to two years from the date of final (100%) acceptance.
- Amends sign code to ensure language is content neutral.
- Removes floodplain development regulations from the Unified Development Code.
- Eliminates 5.5% interest per annum related to trust fund refunds, amends minor plat definition, and excepts land owned by the State of Texas and administered by the General Land Office from platting.
- Adds a non-voting ex-officio representative of the U.S. Navy to the Planning Commission membership.
- Adds a new permitted use, “Community Home” use, by right in residential zoning districts subject to specific standards.
- Corrects description of townhouse development standards (lot width and area)
- Eliminates the storage building height limitation in the CR Resort Commercial District and limits height of lights.
- Corrects typo regarding landscaping tree/palm requirements.
February –Defined terms: developer, new construction, temporary use, contractor, and promotional event; clarification on industrial/modular and manufactured housing; setbacks for wireless communication facilities and setbacks in the RS-15 & RS-10 districts; clarification to sign regulations; street dedication as right-of-way easements; updates to street standards tables.
May –Game processing; animal and human crematoriums eligibility; minor plat; cemeteries; major utilities use; townhouse and apartment descriptions; gas station canopies occupying required yards; utility easements; outside storage screening; and other miscellaneous updates.
August–District development standards for industrial district; restaurant uses expanded; alleys and garages addressed; buffer yards for development and redevelopment; utilization of non-conforming lots; and staff recommendation specified.
- Setback requirements reduced for industrial zoning districts;
- Restaurant uses allowed in industrial zoning districts;
- Setbacks for alleys and garages addressed;
- Buffer yards exceptions for development and redevelopment for public/civic uses;
- Utilization of non-conforming lots; and
- Staff recommendation not required for ZBA cases.
January –Improving City’s ability to enforce zoning regulations related to bar, taverns, or pubs; and removing “bar” from the list of accessory uses for a restaurant.
March – Increasing the allowed square footage of individual units in a self-storage facility (mini-storage facility) from 400 to 500 square feet.
April – Increasing time limit for Council action on rezonings and historic designations
May – Regarding infrastructure improvements for plat recordation prior to final acceptance and at final acceptance.
December –Clarifying the transfer of monies between trust funds
January – Dedication of Public Open Space
March – Public notice; ¾ vote by Council; special permits; building permit expiration; administrative adjustments; setbacks in two-family, townhouse, and multifamily zoning districts; heavy vehicle service; location of detached accessory structures; banners; and institutional signs
March – Deferment Agreements: Administrative approval of deferment agreements
March – Street design standards and compliance and 30-year life level of service
April - Model Subdivision Rules for subdivisions in the City’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
May - Signs installed by a transit company
August - Sidewalk Cafes
August - Creation of the “RS-22” Single-Family 22 District for half-acre lots
October - Restaurant floor area limitations in Neighborhood Commercial and Office zoning districts.
December - Infrastructure design requirements
February – Definitions; public notice; 1:2 setback based on height; corner lot side yards; water-oriented lots; single-family setbacks; “RM-AT” setbacks; townhouse illustration; retail uses in industrial zoning districts; excluding chickens from animal pen requirements; aboveground fuel storage setback; garage setback; tandem parking; institutional signs; cul-de-sacs; dead end water mains; and payment of fees to Trust Fund.
July – “RM-AT” permitted uses, density, yards, and height; parking ratio for “big box” stores
December – Creation of Compatible Zoning Districts (“CC” and “IC” Districts)
July – Conversion of zoning district names; “dwelling” definition; Landmark Commission vote requirement; parking ratio for Indoor Recreation; Urban Transportation Plan design criteria manual; and street section design.
UDC Sustainability Ordinances
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Public participation is vital in the adoption of new codes. Please feel free to suggest amendments by contacting the Zoning Division at (361) 826-3240.