The Unified Development Ordinance
Cities typically have multiple regulations that govern how they grow and develop. At a minimum this usually includes a zoning code and a development code, which are often confused with one another. However, they each do different things:
Zoning code: a zoning code or ordinance focuses on the uses that are allowed or prohibited.
Development code: a development code regulates how private development is constructed, land is subdivided, and the construction of improvements that are tied to the development of land.
A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combines these codes and other regulations into a single document. By putting these ordinances together, the intention is to streamline the development process and remove any inconsistencies between the two. It makes the process more predictable, and provides cities with a more comprehensive approach to reaching their visions for growth.