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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Rewriting the Zoning Ordinance

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A Unified Development Ordinance?

It’s time to update the city’s development codes. The City of Irving’s zoning ordinance was written in 1964 and subdivision ordinance was adopted in 1990. Inspired by the vision set forth by the public in the Imagine Irving Comprehensive Plan, the City of Irving hopes to update both of these ordinances and provide the city with the regulatory tools needed to implement the community’s vision for the future.

A Unified Development Ordinance (UDC) will contain both zoning and subdivision regulations within a single document, sharing definitions and design regulations so there are no self-contradicting requirements. The update process will allow Irving to consider topics such as changes in the business and housing markets and the effect of transportation and communication technology advances on development and redevelopment. Discussions will be held on the way parking is regulated, zoning district and uses, and compatibility between uses. Other reviews will include the handling of zoning variance request on individual sites and and update of application processes to reflect current technologies and new state law requirements.

These updates to the City’s regulatory tools will help “ensure that land use decisions are consistent with the adopted Imagine Irving Comprehensive Plan.”

Just as the city looked to the public to help Imagine the future, City staff invites the public to join and provide input on updated and new regulations so that the new tools and regulations the city adopts are easy to understand and serve the needs of both residents, businesses and property owners. Please find more information, the location where notices and drafts will be posted, and a quick survey at https://www.cityofirving.org/3456/Unified-Development-Code.

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