Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

UDO Proposed Ordinance combines two other ordinances

Public Meetings

Jacksonville Planners and staff met with residents and property owners in open sessions held in February and March about the proposed Unified Development Ordinance. The proposed ordinance will take the place of the City’s Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance and has been updated to reflect the City’s Clean & Green Campaign and more modern standards.

City Council adopted the UDO on April 22 during the City Council Regular Meeting. The UDO went into effect on July 1, 2014.

Proposed UDO Zoning Map

Check Your address online to compare the previous zoning ordinance and current UDO

UDO Process Timeline

To meet with a City planner or to ask questions, please call 938-5056 

Video Land Use 201 - City Planners speak with City Manager, Dr Richard Woodruff about the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for the City of Jacksonville

UDO Background

In 2007 the City of Jacksonville embarked on a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project. The project is the first comprehensive update of the city’s zoning ordinance since its adoption in 1972, although a number of revisions have been made to the ordinance over the years. The City hired Clarion Associates to prepare the new UDO. The process began with a series of interviews with stakeholders, elected and appointed officials, and city staff during the project initiation meetings and independent review of the city’s planning and regulatory documents. Five major themes or goals for the ordinance re-write emerged from the Clarion team’s interviews. These goals were consistent with the stated goals of the project as identified by the city and with many best practices in land use regulation. They were:

  • Make the code more customer-friendly,
  • Streamline the development review process,
  • Modernize the zoning districts and uses,
  • Improve development quality, and
  • Encourage development and redevelopment in downtown and other key areas that is consistent with the community’s planning and development goals. 

After many hours of preparation, review by City staff, the appointed UDO Steering Committee, the Planning Advisory Board and the Jacksonville City Council, the draft UDO can be found at the following link:

Transition to New Zoning Districts

In conjunction with the UDO, land with a zoning district classification from the previous zoning ordinance was reclassified to one of the zoning district classifications within the UDO. As a result, every property within the City’s jurisdiction (City limits and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) was rezoned accordingly.

UDO (PDF) (This document is available to view by downloading the pdf, or you may stop by City Hall at 815 New Bridge Street in Jacksonville.)

Administrative Manual (PDF) (This document accompanies the UDO by outlining polices and procedures including submittal processes and requirements) Last updated: 8/28/14