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Planning and Development Services - August 14, 2019

Planning and Development Services staff hired a consultant two years ago to undertake a “code assessment” of our Unified Development Ordinances (UDO) to find ways to make it more user-friendly for our customers, citizens, and staff.  This assessment process included many stakeholder feedback sessions, and the Planning Board accepted the final code assessment document in November 2018.

At that time, efforts began on implementing the first recommendation of the code assessment - reformatting and reorganizing the existing UDO to make it easier to use and more visually appealing.  After many months of work, this updated UDO, also known as UDO ClearCode, is now available for public review at (opens in a new window), and we would like your feedback on the draft document.

Please keep in mind that no changes were made to any UDO provisions as part of this project – rather, existing UDO sections were simply rearranged to form a more logical document structure.  However, this new document does include other noteworthy enhancements, such as improved aesthetics, an index of key topics, and perhaps most significantly, the entire UDO now features hyperlinked cross references.

A Planning Board public hearing on the revised UDO is scheduled for October 10th at 4:30 PM in the Stuart Municipal Building.  Please consider attending this meeting and sharing your comments on the revised UDO.  Additional public meetings will take place before City Council and the Forsyth County Commissioners later in 2019.

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