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Unified Development Code Project

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UDC logoThe Rochester City Council approved the budget for a full rewrite of the Land Development Manual (LDM) into a Unified Development Code (UDC). The city’s LDM was created over 20 years old and sporadic updates have made to the document since it was first developed in 1995.

The current manual includes inconsistent and conflicting language that regularly presents a challenge to the city’s planning and legal teams as well as developers, professionals, commissioners, and the City Council, who rely on the manual to interpret code for the planned and intentional development of Rochester. The manual is text-heavy and outdated, making it a barrier to effectively managing sustainable growth.

Why Transition to a Unified Development Code?

To streamline and improve land use regulations and codes for development, the City of Rochester is preparing a major overhaul of existing zoning, subdivision, and development ordinances into what is known as a Unified Development Code.

A Unified Development Code (UDC) is a guiding document that consolidates all development-related regulations into a single resource rather than in various separate ordinances. The UDC will be the primary tool used to regulate land development in Rochester.

The newly designed Unified Development Code is anticipated to:

  • Modernize Rochester’s land development regulations and development ordinances;
  • Be easier to read and understand by all users, including residents, city teammates, builders and developers, and elected and appointed officials;
  • Be easier to administer by city teammates;
  • Include illustrations and graphics to help elucidate the code;
  • Allow for a more efficient development review process; and
  • Encourage development and redevelopment, specifically within targeted areas consistent with Rochester’s Comprehensive Plan.

Unified Development Code Links and Resources