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    Cyburbian
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    Phased comprehensive zoning ordinance update

    Fellow Zoners.

    I'm curious if anyone knows of a jurisdiction that has accomplished a phased comprehensive update to their Zoning Ordinance?

    By "phased" I mean something equivalent to applying new zoning districts to portions of the jurisdiction over time while utilizing the old/existing procedures or new parallel procedures.

    Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers.

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    Ahh....

    Check with the City and County of Denver, they may be doing this right now.
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    I'm curious to understand this. Does the existing zoning continue to be in effect as the new zoning is implemented? Can you give an example that would clarify? I'm interested but I don't think I understand...
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    Yes

    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I'm curious to understand this. Does the existing zoning continue to be in effect as the new zoning is implemented? Can you give an example that would clarify? I'm interested but I don't think I understand...
    This idea was being explored by Pinal County Arizona as a reaction to Prop. 207 a few years back. Keep the old Zoning Code for old owners and apply the new code to new owners that are not protected under 207.
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    Wow. It has to be a staff-intensive nightmare to administer, I would imagine. The thinking must be that the trade-off to not having to process issues of variances, exceptions or non-conforming properties balances it out enough to make it a viable process. I would tend to doubt it. Cool stuff, thanks.
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    I think Monroe County, Indiana did something like this years ago. They had a "new" Zoning Ordinance that only applied to some parts of the county, along with the "old" Zoning Ordinance that still applied in the balance. If I remember correctly, it wasn't an easy dividing line either. So there was no way to know which ordinance applied to which properties without consulting a map in the planning department. I don't know if this was intentional, or if this was an unintended consequence of how the new ordinance was adopted.
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    I'm curious, having thought about this being the only way to update my vintage code. Where would you begin? Definitions? Development Standards? Permitted Uses? I'm interested in reading what you think, oh Throbbing Brain.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    I'm curious, having thought about this being the only way to update my vintage code. Where would you begin? Definitions? Development Standards? Permitted Uses? I'm interested in reading what you think, oh Throbbing Brain.
    Hi Gedunker.

    My post was instigated by a pro/con request from a client. Speaking of vintage codes, this particular client has a very rare (historic) zoning ordinance that lacks actual districts. As in a current day zoning ordinance that resembles the ORIGIN of zoning ala Euclid. But I digress...

    What I learned here and from colleagues elsewhere is that a phased, comprehensive update has more cons than pros. I intuitively knew this but wanted to review some real life examples. Standards and procedures are too interrelated to make meaningful and understandable revisions out of sequence with one another.

    Taking on phased changes to zoning districts is more feasible. In other words, revisions to commercial zoning, residential zoning, industrial zoning, etc. in groups. The city I work in (Oakland) is doing that right now. What they are not changing are procedures. Perhaps that approach would work for you?

    Cheers.

    Kevin

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