With an overflow crowd in the council chambers balcony, the Bloomington Plan Commission held its first public hearing on the city's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) adoption draft on Monday, Aug. 26.
During the public commentary part of the meeting, 37 people gave input on the UDO draft. Almost all speakers addressed issues related to housing, evenly split in support of higher density or opposed to denser housing options in single-family neighborhoods.
(The final speaker asked that goats be removed from the UDO's definition of "medium livestock," which now also includes burros, sheep and swine. She suggested several changes to better accommodate keeping goats within city limits.)
Mary Morgan, the Chamber's Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, spoke in support of changes that encourage building more housing for all income levels. "As local businesses attempt to recruit and retain staff, one common challenge is a lack of housing that's affordable for their workforce. We also need to provide more housing options for the younger generation, people in their 20s and 30s who are starting to put down roots here. This UDO helps achieve that goal."
She also advocated for a more transparent process related to the proposed payment-in-lieu option for affordable housing. Read Mary's full remarks here.
At their next hearing on Thursday, Aug. 29, Plan Commissioners will be asking staff to draft amendments based on feedback from the public. Those amendments will then be considered at their Sept. 5 meeting. The public can weigh in at both of those meetings, or can submit additional comments by emailing email@example.com.
Watch the Aug. 26 meeting on CATS here. Get more info on the UDO process here.
The City of Bloomington has scheduled next steps in its efforts to overhaul the citywide zoning code.
The latest draft of the Unified Development Ordinance will be posted on the city's UDO website on Monday, Aug. 5. On that same date and site, an online comment form will be available for public input. [UPDATE: Here's a link to the new UDO draft.]
The city's Plan Commission will hold three hearings on the latest draft in the city hall council chambers, 401 N. Morton. Those hearing dates are:
The Plan Commission can amend the UDO and will vote to approve a final draft after this latest round of public input. Then, the Bloomington Common Council will have 90 days in which to vote on the UDO. The council will also provide opportunities for input.
After the UDO is adopted, the new zoning will apply to new developments or additions to existing structures.
Click here for the latest updates on the UDO.
The process of overhauling the UDO began in February 2018. The Chamber has provided input throughout the process. Our most recent comments focused on ensuring that the procedures specified in the UDO are consistent and standardized.
The process for updating the city's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) began in February 2018 and is still moving forward. Most recently, the latest round of public comments on the consolidated draft - including input from the Chamber - are posted here.
Victor Lopez, the Chamber's advocacy intern, reviewed the 25 pages of comments. Nearly 80% of the comments from this round of public input discussed residential neighborhood concerns. The topic of single-family housing dominated the comments. This focus is reflected in a May 30 Indiana Public Media report: "Bloomington's UDO Sparks Controversy Over Single Family Zoning Changes."
The Chamber has provided input throughout the UDO process. Our most recent comments focused on ensuring that the procedures specified in the UDO are consistent and standardized.
The UDO's next phase is to move to the city's Plan Commission. That commission is expected to review the UDO draft later this summer. Following approval from the Plan Commission, the city council would have 90 days in which to act on the UDO. Stay tuned for additional updates!