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?
The project scope of the Land Development Code update has been significantly reduced to include only those amendments that are 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 its recommendation to Council, Council would have three public hearings to review the recommendation to consider the revised amendments for adoption.
Background 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. 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.