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Plan Commission Adopts UDO, Now It's In The Hands Of The Bloomington City Council

Dense Neighborhood on the city's west side

(Zach Herndon, WTIU/WFIU News)

The Bloomington Plan Commission voted unanimously Monday night to recommend the adoption of the Unified Development Ordinance to the City Council.

That means what happens next to the document is now in the hands of Bloomington's city councilors.

Last night’s meeting was the final public hearing for the UDO, a document that lays out the rules for land use and development in Bloomington.

A handful of people attended the 5:30 p.m. hearing. 

Susan Sandberg, who is a member of both the Bloomington City Council and Plan Commission, says although the current UDO has been controversial, it’s currently the best compromise available.

Read More: Affordable Housing And Bloomington's UDO

"It doesn't always go our way but the nature of democracy and how this community works is we all come together," Sandberg says. "And hopefully the document will be a good, logical compromise that will move us forward into facing some of our land use and housing challenges."

The Plan Commission also passed a non-binding resolution that asks the City Council to look into three concerns the Commission had, but were unable to address if it wanted to get the UDO to the City Council in a timely manner. 

The resolution "strongly urges" the Bloomington City Council to:

  • Further amend the UDO Adoption Draft by enacting as many of the Bloomington Environmental Commission's recommendations as are reasonably practical
  • Create an adequate alternative path for the support and approval of cooperative housing
  • Ensure the timely creation of a transparent and understandable method for calculating payments that could support affordable housing incentives

Sandberg also says she hopes the council will be finished with the UDO soon. 

"It's my fervent hope that we can get it wrapped up between now and the end of the year," Sandberg says. "Because otherwise, we're looking at another term; we're looking at new councilmembers coming on board. And I don't think that would be respectful to the long, hard slog - the work that's been done up to this point - for us to not be able to finish this work in this year."

She also added there will be more opportunities for "community participation" in the future.

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