(BLOOMINGTON) – The City of Bloomington Plan Commission has scheduled several special hearings to accommodate additional public input about the latest draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
Hearings take place tonight and September 16, and 23 in Council Chambers at City Hall (401 North Morton St.), beginning at 5:30 p.m., and September 17 at the Utility Service Center Board Room (600 East Miller Drive), also at 5:30 p.m.
The UDO governs land use and development throughout the City of Bloomington. The UDO Adoption Draft is based on the City’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan, and incorporates more than 1500 changes based on public comment made since February 2018.
Since having been published in early August, the Adoption Draft has been further amended through a series of resolutions introduced by the Commission, informed by public input. Information on amendments is posted here, where additional comments may be submitted. During this month’s upcoming hearings, the commission will be reviewing, discussing, and voting on amendments. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment during each hearing before a vote is taken. Packets and agendas are posted on the Commission’s webpage.
Once all amendments are considered, the Commission will make a recommendation to the Common Council on the amended UDO Adoption Draft. Within 90 days of this recommendation, City Council will vote on the document.
The UDO is being updated so that it better aligns with and can better implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan and other recently approved plans, including the Sustainability Plan and the Transportation Plan. Like the Comprehensive Plan, the UDO prioritizes health and safety, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, aesthetics, sense of place, and quality of life. The UDO update process has involved hundreds of meetings to share the draft and elicit ideas and concerns from the public.