MOBILE IS TURNING ITS VISION INTO ACTION.

The City is preparing to adopt a new zoning code that will implement the vision in Map for Mobile. The complete draft zoning code overhaul, known as the Unified Development Code, addresses many issues important to you and reflects modern planning and zoning best practices. Learn about the code and provide feedback for consideration before the regulations are formally adopted.

Comment period on Version 2 has closed.

The informal comment period on Version 2 of the UDC began January 23 and closed on April 8, 2019. The City is in the process of reviewing over 1,000 comments on the draft articles and zoning map. Based on this feedback, significant revisions are underway for Version 3 of the UDC, which is anticipated to be ready for public review in late summer 2019.

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June 7, 2019

We heard you! progress update on UDC Version 3

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments to UDC draft Version 2. The Build Mobile staff is working hard to prepare draft Version 3, in order for a third informal public comment period. Below are the answers to some important questions about the Unified Development Code drafting process and our timeline. HOW DID WE GET HERE? The initiative of modernizing the City's zoning code came out of the extensive public input process for the Map For Mobile, the city's comprehensive plan (adopted in 2015). We received feedback from many groups and citizens that the 1960s version of our code was…

Learn how the new code will improve Mobile.

What’s important to you?

Improving neighborhoods. Mobile loves its neighborhoods. The Unified Development Code (UDC) works to ensure the protection of your investments, property values, and quality of life so that our neighborhoods continue to thrive.

One way the code does this is to include more design standards for residential areas, supporting development that reflects the appropriate character of distinct neighborhoods throughout the city.

Protecting the Environment is a clear direction in Map for Mobile and the city’s zoning regulations are an important tool to achieve that. The UDC introduces new provisions for protecting Mobile’s natural resources that will result in long-term environmental benefits.

One way the code does this is to introduce the concept of riparian buffers into the city’s regulations (a first for Mobile). Riparian buffers help to protect water quality, reduce erosion, and support wildlife habitats by preserving natural areas adjacent to major waterways and flood prone areas.

Supporting Sound Development. The UDC is a more modern and flexible approach to regulating development. While the code requires a little more work up front, that effort pays off in the end with a streamlined approval process that is more predictable and consistent.

One way the code does this is by establishing provisions that encourage mixed-use projects, that promote flexibility in site design, and support appropriate use of land throughout the City. Also, the new Table of Uses provides for development ‘by-right’ for many types of projects, ensuring predictability.

Strengthening our Economy. The UDC encourages investment through its streamlined development process, but it also contains new provisions that reflect modern practices in land use planning and economic development.

One way the code does this is by incorporating form-based standards to guide the form or design of development sites and new buildings. The standards are not universally applied across the city, but vary based on location, supporting existing development patterns and community identity.

Want to learn more?

Draft Code Articles (Version 2)

 

The Unified Development Code is written in a way that allows readers to quickly find information that is of interest to their property or neighborhood. The most frequently used information is contained in Articles II, III, IV, V. Click below to view and learn more about each draft article.

The articles below are Version 2 of the UDC. The City is in the process of reviewing over 1,000 comments on these draft articles and zoning map. Based on this feedback, significant revisions are underway for Version 3 of the UDC, which is anticipated to be ready for public review in late summer 2019.

Executive SummaryView Full UDC Draft

ZONING DISTRICTS

Article II

UDC Version 2

View the Corrected Table of Uses 3/13/19

Establishes zoning districts, including permitted and conditional uses permitted and dimensional and design standards including height, yards, lot coverage, landscaping, civic space, and composite building and site design.

COMPOSITE STANDARDS

Article II

UDC Version 2

Establishes building and site design categories that calibrate the zoning districts to the various neighborhoods, character areas, and future land use areas described in Map for Mobile.

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

Article IV

UDC Version 2

Consolidates the development standards that apply to all development or redevelopment in the City and its planning jurisdiction such as parking, landscaping, easements, streets, parks and civic spaces, and utilities.

USE REGULATIONS

Article V

UDC Version 2

Establishes regulations for specific uses and development types that address their unique impacts, establish incentives that further the public interest, or to comply with state or federal legal requirements.

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

The articles below are Version 2 of the UDC. The City is in the process of reviewing over 1,000 comments on these draft articles and zoning map. Based on this feedback, significant revisions are underway for Version 3 of the UDC, which is anticipated to be ready for public review in late summer 2019.

GENERAL

Article I

Contains basic information about the Unified Development Code.

PROCEDURES

Article VI

Establishes workflows and processes for zoning applications.

NONCONFORMITIES

Article VII

Protects and regulates uses or buildings that are grandfathered under Alabama law.

ENFORCEMENT

Article VIII

Establishes procedures to enforce the UDC, including penalties for violations.

AGENCIES

Article IX

Establishes or recognizes the agencies involved in administering the UDC, along with their jurisdiction and internal procedures.

DEFINITIONS

Article X

This is the glossary which defines terms and phrases used in the UDC and rules of interpretation.

LEGAL PROVISIONS

Article XI

Includes technical legal language.

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS

Article XII

Provides a checklist of the information that applicants need to have a complete application that the city can process. It also establishes fees.

APPENDICES

The articles below are Version 2 of the UDC. The City is in the process of reviewing over 1,000 comments on these draft articles and zoning map. Based on this feedback, significant revisions are underway for Version 3 of the UDC, which is anticipated to be ready for public review in late summer 2019.

NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION OVERLAY

Appendix A

Establishes supplementary zoning regulations that implement specific requirements of the City’s area plans for Africatown, the Peninsula, and Spring Hill.

SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS

Appendix B

Establishes standards and procedures for subdivision plat approval.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT CODE

Appendix C

Establishes supplementary zoning regulations that implement specific requirements of the City’s Downtown Development District.

YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT

The City is in the process of reviewing over 1,000 comments on Version 2 of the draft articles and zoning map. Based on this feedback, significant revisions are underway for Version 3 of the UDC, which is anticipated to be ready for public review in late summer 2019.

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