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City of Jeffersonville to Create Unified Development Ordinance

The City of Jeffersonville is embarking on an effort to update it’s 20-year old Zoning Code and in doing so incorporate its 22-year old Subdivision Control Ordinance into one Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). While a number of changes have been made to these existing documents over the years, these minor changes have not kept pace with the major changes we’ve seen in our City and the big shifts we’ve seen in the development patterns that shape our community in the last 20 years. Therefore it is time for an Update. We are now engaged in pulling these two documents together and modifying them to meet the City’s needs in the coming decade.


Draft UDO now available!

Below are links to the first draft of the Unified Development Ordinance as well as a user friendly guidebook to the changes that we’ve made to the document.

Draft Unified Development Ordinanceopens PDF file

Guidebook to the Draft UDOopens PDF file

To learn more about the document and/or to comment on the document, please see below.


So far, Planning Staff has lead the effort to create the new UDO. This effort involved reviewing other local zoning ordinances, meeting with City leaders and stakeholders, putting out a public survey, and drafting the document over the remainder of 2020. Staff is now presenting the document to these same leaders and stakeholders as well as the general public. Staff will then take comments and concerns into consideration and prepare a final draft. This final draft will be presented to Plan Commission and then sent to City Council for Approval. Following Approval, Staff will bring forth any zoning map changes that may be necessary.

Issues Addressed

The following are some of the issues that we’ve addressed:

  • Updating regulations for new subdivisions that have not been changed since 1998
  • Creating more flexibility for commercial redevelopment in older parts of the City (Tenth Street Corridor, Allison and Middle, Claysburg area, etc.)
  • Establishing design guidelines for commercial, multi-family residential and mixed-use developments in the Downtown
  • Reducing the number of overlapping overlay districts
  • Reducing the number of repetitive variance requests handled by the department
  • Addressing internal processes that have changed since 2001 but aren’t adequately reflected in the Code
  • Revising small portions of the zoning map, mostly in the older portions of the city, to better reflect desired development outcomes.

The Guidebook to the Draft UDO is an easy way to get more information on all issues addressed.

What this means for you

For most people who live and/or own property in the City, this zoning code update will have little impact. Our intent with this update is to create a newly formatted document that is not a radical shift from the current one. While the document will be edited and reorganized for ease of use, for the most part, it will look and act much like the current document. For example, the standards that govern existing single-family residential lots throughout most of the City will not change much. There will be very few changes to industrial and agricultural zone districts as well. We will continue to ensure that adequate protections and buffers remain between existing single-family residential uses and other more intense commercial, industrial and large multi-family residential developments.

That said, there will be some areas of the City where some significant changes and even some rezonings may occur. Where zoning changes may occur, we will make every effort to alert property owners in those areas before changes are made and create allowances to opt out of the proposed changes if so desired.

All in all, we hope that the new UDO will result in better development outcomes throughout the City while protecting the quality of life we have come to expect in Jeffersonville.

Community Meetings

The Planning Department will be presenting the document at a number of community meetings in the coming weeks. The following is a schedule of those presentations. All presentations will be held remotely via Zoom.

Thursday, March 11 at 7pm (focus on Downtown and central Jeffersonville neighborhoods)

Tuesday, March 16 at 7pm (focus on Downtown and central Jeffersonville neighborhoods) 

Thursday, April 8 at 7pm (all other neighborhoods)

Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm (all other neighborhoods)

To sign up (and get log in information) for any of these meetings, please fill out this form: Sign Up Here



The Planning Department welcomes your comments and feedback. Please use the form below to provide us any comments, concerns or questions you might have.

You may also reach out to Shawn Dade in the Planning Office at

812-280-4733 or at sdade@cityofjeff.net


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