What is a Unified Development Ordinance?

Jenks’s new ordinance will be “Unified” because it will combine both zoning and subdivision regulations into a single, more user-friendly document. Therefore, the scope of the regulations includes the height and size of buildings and other structures, the appearance and design of developments, the percentage of lots that may be covered or occupied, the dimensions of setbacks, the size of open spaces, the density of population, the allocation of municipal water capacity, the construction and installation of infrastructure, as well as the location, use, and design of landscaping, buildings, structures, and land for trade, industry, residence and other purposes.

Why do we need to update our current zoning ordinance and land use regulations?

The City of Jenks recently adopted the Horizon Jenks Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan outlines a strategy for growth and development and has several guiding principles to ensure that the goals of the plan are implemented, including an update to the City’s land development regulations.

Why is the City updating its codes now?

The current zoning and subdivision ordinances have not been comprehensively updated in more than a decade. Many changes have occurred in the past 10 years, making it necessary for ordinances to change as well. The ordinances contain standards that are outdated, difficult to administer, and are not user-friendly.

How can I get involved in the process?

Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the process of developing an updated UDO. Visit the Get Involved page of this site to learn about upcoming events you can attend and to give us your feedback online.