Now that the new Comprehensive Plan is adopted, this work is transitioning towards what's next - implementing the new Plan!
One specific way the Actions in the Comprehensive Plan led to implementing the Plan is by recommending changes to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO is a legally binding set of rules that regulates how physical development of land is allowed in both the City and County. It is called a “unified” development ordinance because it includes regulations for a variety of things including zoning and subdivision of land. This is important because when an idea in the Plan is adopted into the Unified Development Ordinance, it becomes law that developers and property owners must follow. The Comprehensive Plan includes nearly 30 different actions to review and revise different regulations in the UDO.
Planning staff anticipated this work and has begun the process to hire support for this massive task, both for community engagement around this effort and for the technical work of creating new regulations. A technical consultant, Code Studio, is now under contract to assist with this work. It is anticipated that the UDO rewriting process will occur over approximately a year and a half before it would begin the public hearings and adoption process. Much of the initial work by Code Studio will be a review and audit of the existing UDO. While the technical consultant begins this background work, staff is in the process of selecting a community consultant to work with staff and Code Studio, with a particular focus on equitable engagement and engaging historically underrepresented communities.