Land Development Code Update

What is the Land Development Code?

The Land Development Code (LDC) contains all of the adopted standards, regulations, and procedures about development in Hudson. It regulates small residential projects such as fences and additions and regulates large projects such as residential subdivisions and commercial development.

What is the current status of the proposed update of the code?


 Hudson's Land Development Code was established in 1999 as an effort to merge the regulations of the Village and the Township. The City recently began reviewing current matters, such as emerging technologies, demographic shifts, and recent court rulings that have impacted the City's regulations. Additionally, The City Charter mandates the Charter and the Comprehensive Plan be reviewed and revised at set intervals. The LDC is an implementation tool for the recommendations within these documents.

Revisions Began

First reviews of the code in Spring and Summer of 2018 began with efforts to update the entire code.

After reviewing of the first Draft (June 15, 2018) with the Planning Commission, City Officials, and the community, it was determined to have a three-part effort to better review, educate, and evaluate the process. The project was broken down to focus on the following Phases: Phase I - Administrative Issues, Phase II - Commercial and Business Land Uses and Phase III - Residential Land Uses.

At the City Council meeting on February 5, 2019, Council decided that review of Phase II - Commercial and Business Land Uses and Phase III - Residential Land Uses would not be considered at this time. 

Where We Are Now

The scope of the proposed Land Development Code amendments has been significantly reduced to review only those amendments that are generally administrative in nature. A review of the commercial/business and residential land use regulations within the Land Development Code will not be considered at this time and would only be brought back for consideration when specifically requested by Council in the future. After Planning Commission makes their recommendation to Council, Council would have three public hearings to review the recommendation to consider the revised amendments for adoption.


  • February 11, 2019 - Planning Commission Meeting to review key discussion topics.
  • February 25, 2019 - Planning Commission Special Meeting-Presentation of Revised Redlined Draft LDC
  • March 11, 2019 - Planning Commission Meeting-Continued discussion and possible recommendation to City Council.
  • Council – Once Planning Commission completes their review and recommendation City Council will conduct a review, hold another public hearing and then consider action to approve.

Council Meeting
April 2, 2019

Summary of Proposed Administrative Revisions.

PC Meeting 
March 11, 2019

Continued Summary of Proposed Administrative Revisions.

PC Special Meeting 
February 25, 2019

Final draft of the LDC.

PC Meeting 

February 11, 2019

Final comments and review on the draft LDC.

PC Special Meeting 
January 28, 2019

Final review of PC request for additional information on the draft LDC.

PC Meeting 
January 14, 2019

Begin review of PC request for additional information on the draft LDC.

PC Meeting October 22, 2018

Continuing discussion of Phase I - Administrative & Organizational Updates Items to be discussed include:
  • 1207-Zoning Development & Site Plan Standards
  • 1213- Definitions
  • Appendix B and C

PC Meeting
October 8, 2018

Continuing discussion of Phase I -- Administrative and Organizational Updates. Items discussed include:
  • 1204-General Review Standards
  • 1205-Flood Plain
  • 1206-Use Regulations
  • 1208-Subdivision Design & Improvements/Dedication Standards
  • 1211-Growth Management Residential Development Allocation
  • 1212-Appeals & Enforcement

PC Meeting
September 24, 2018

Began discussions of Phase I --Administrative and Organizational Updates. Relevant documents: