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ULDC Update Project

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The City of North Port’s Planning Division is making changes to the City’s Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) and would like public input.

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

 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 Agriculture to Village - must conform to these set of codes.

When a developer comes to the City of North Port and wants to build an office park, shopping center, or factory, the developer must follow the Uniform Land Development Code. 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 are the regulatory framework that holds together the vibrant design of our City, with the goal of enhancing our quality of life.

 How can I get involved?

As the city’s planning department moves forward with the process of updating the Code, public input is taken in.  This is to insure the clarity of the document to those citizens who must utilize it.  It is incredibly important that the code reflect the needs and desires of the public and in turn the public knows what the Code is and does.

A series of public outreach meetings took place during 2017.  More meetings will come in the future, do check back for notice of future meeting dates and locations. During the process we will continue to take public comments to incorporate into the code based on Commission direction.

If you don’t want to wait for future meetings, please email your suggestions to uldc@cityofnorthport.com.

Why are we doing this?

Amendments to the code will create new approaches to guide the development process. These codes are intended to 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:

  • Streamline the code and make it easier to use and understand.
  • Modernize the code to better address new initiatives like livable communities.
  • Make it easier to walk and bike; take transit; and encourage green building and energy efficiency.
  • Contribute to quality neighborhoods, communities, and businesses.
  • 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 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.  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.