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ULDC Update Project

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The City of North Port’s Planning Division is currently making proposed changes to the City’s Unified Land Development Code (ULDC). We need your help.

What is the ULDC?

The City’s ULDC contains regulations that govern how land is developed in North Port. The codes address everything from zoning, site development, the natural environment, stormwater management, community standards, parking, sidewalks, landscaping, the keeping of animals, and more. All development in the City of North Port - from residential to commercial - must conform to these set of codes.

In other words, when a developer comes to the City of North Port and wants to build a shopping center, the developer relies on the Uniform Land Development Code’s requirements. The same is true for homeowners. Any development taking place in the City of North Port must meet the requirements of the ULDC. These requirements or codes are the building blocks that create the vibrant design of our City and enhance our quality of life.

How can I get involved? 

Public input is incredibly important as we move forward in this process.

A series of public outreach meetings are taking place during the process to update the City’s land development code, which outlines how land is developed within our community. Please check back for notice of future meeting dates and locations.

The first meeting was held on January 5, 2017 at the Morgan Family Community Center. The meeting included an introduction to the project, as well as open forum for the public to provide input and feedback on what matters to them most. More than 60 citizens attended the meeting, and provided input. Please click the following link to view all public comments received to date:ULDC Public Input

 During the process we will continue to take public comments to incorporate into the code based on Commission direction.

The public can submit their input regarding the upcoming proposed Ordinance No. 2017-19, TXT-17-086, Amendments to Chapter 25, Parking and Loading Regulations, Article I. General Provisions, Section 25-19, Parking and Storage of Certain Vehicles.

On July 12, 2016, the City Commission adopted Resolution No. 2016-R-17 and subsequent Resolution No. 2017-R-25 temporarily suspending enforcement of specified provisions of the Unified Land Development Code regulations related to the parking and storage of certain vehicles.

At a special meeting held on April 4, 2017, the City Commission directed staff to prepare an ordinance amending the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) Chapter 25, Parking and Loading Regulations, Article I. General Provisions, Section 25-19, Parking and Storage of Certain Vehicles based on Commission recommended amendments.

Staff has prepared a draft ordinance based on the direction given by Commission during the April 4, 2017 meeting. The draft format is in strike through underline legislative format, a clean format of the proposed changes and the existing Chapter 25, Section 29-19. Documents are available for review by clicking the links below: 

Current Chapter 25 Section 25-19 of the ULDC

Proposed draft Ordinance 2017-19 draft language strikethrough underline format

Proposed draft Ordinance 2017-19 language clean version

This item is scheduled to be heard before the Commission on September 12, 2017 1st reading at 1:00 p.m. and on September 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. All public hearings will be held in Commission Chambers.

The ULDC should reflect the desires and needs of the community. If you would like to provide input please send an email to uldc@cityofnorthport.com

 

Why are we doing this?

Amendments to the code will create new approaches to guide the development process. This will enhance the condition of the City’s natural and built environments, promote economic opportunity, and help us achieve a more sustainable future.

Some of the project goals include:

  • Modernize the code to better address new initiatives like livable communities.
  • Make it easier to walk, bike and take transit and encourage green building and energy efficiency.
  • Contribute to quality neighborhoods, communities and businesses.
  • Streamline the code and make it easier to use and understand. 
  • Promote options for different types of housing.
  • Encourage the highest and best use with quality development and design

What is the process?

Updates will be focused in groupings. Some changes will be a simple reorganization of information while other changes may be to a policy.

In addition, as part of the reorganization of the ULDC, language not specifically concerning zoning or land use will be moved to a Standards Manual Ordinance. This manual will be an engineering document for more technical items such as pavement specifications and more.

Links will be provided for each new chapter or ordinance in strikethrough and underline format. This is where you come in. Please check back to this page on the website to see the latest changes that have been made.

Once all of the proposed changes have been made, the final document will go before the North Port City Commission for final approval.

Where can I learn more?

Still have questions? Call the Planning Division of Neighborhood Development Services Department at (941) 429-7018 or email uldc@cityofnorthport.com