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City’s development ordinance meeting is Thursday, Nov. 14

Decaturish updates

City’s development ordinance meeting is Thursday, Nov. 14


The city of Decatur will hold a kickoff meeting on Thursday for updates to its zoning codes.

They’ve even got a nifty logo for it and everything.


I don’t know if the meeting will deliver on the expectations of Gen X coolness raised by this logo, but if you like zoning you’re probably going to feel like the Stones are in town.

The Nov. 14 meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Commission meeting room, located at 509 N. McDonough Street, an announcement from the city says. The city’s consultant will give a brief explanation about the creation of a unified development ordinance that will address some contentious issues in the city, like single family tear downs and tree removal.

“How we regulate trees, for example, is a very topical example of where a disconnect might exist,” the announcement says. “So much so, in fact, that we’ll be holding a subsequent meeting on that specific issue alone (to see a list of all UDO meetings in this phase, click here). Another example might involve housing options. The Strategic Plan calls for greater choice in housing types to serve a wider range of age and economics but, as of today, we’ve made no amendments to our zoning categories to allow for new models.”

The people in attendance will receive “Idea cards” and will have to answer this question: “In what way(s) do you feel our existing development regulations fail to address the intent and/or goals of the Strategic Plan?”