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City Asks For Public Input On New Draft Of The Unified Development Ordinance

A screenshot of Bloomington Unified Development Ordinance map.

(Courtesy: City of Bloomington)

The City of Bloomington is asking for public input on a newly proposed zoning map.

The map is the last phase in the process of updating the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Zoning Map, which was approved in April.

The city said it brings local land use and development laws closer to meeting the goals of sustainable urban development, as outlined in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

“Our land-use choices are crucial in advancing our community toward more sustainability, equity, economic viability, and an ever-improving quality of life for people from all walks of life,” Mayor John Hamilton said in a press release.

Citizens can view an interactive zoning map by visiting the city’s website. Residents may provide feedback there over the next eight weeks.

The input collected during this period will help city staff prepare for public hearings that begin in early 2021 to consider and adopt the new zoning map.

“These choices are complex and interconnected. I encourage residents to participate in the ongoing process of developing a new zoning map that best embodies our community’s fundamental values,” Hamilton said.

The city said four locations are expected to see the most redevelopment interest:

  • West Fork Creek: areas including Sudbury Farms and Mill Creek (Planned Unit Developments)
  • Switchyard North and Gateway South: areas surrounding Switchyard Park and south of downtown
  • West Second Street: Hospital Redevelopment Site
  • Gateway North: areas north of downtown

The first public session will be held virtually Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

After the eight-week public input period, the city will compile the feedback and make changes to the draft map before presenting it to the Plan Commission in early 2021.

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