Bloomington Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

The City of Bloomington, with the assistance of Houseal Lavigne, underwent the process of creating a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and official zoning map to better align City ordinances with their recently adopted Comprehensive Plan. The UDO aims to foster the use and development of land in an orderly manner with consideration being given to the City’s social, environmental, economic, and physical development goals and objectives. Through extensive outreach and involvement of residents, businesses, staff, and elected and appointed officials, the City eliminated the majority of nonconforming properties, streamlined district and use standards, enhanced development standards, clarified and modernized administrative procedures, and brought their ordinance into compliance with all relevant state and federal regulations and judicial rulings. The final UDO is a user-friendly document that allows the City to manage land use in order to achieve the vision for the community established in the Comprehensive Plan by encouraging and supporting new development and reinvestment, preserving and enhancing the character of the community, and protecting individual landowners and neighborhoods from incompatible and detrimental land uses.