An update on efforts to create an Unified Development Code for Rochester is expected Monday.
As part of a study session, the Rochester City Council is slated to review the latest efforts to rewrite the city’s Land Development Manual into the new code.
The current manual, which was created in 1995, has been periodically updated without a complete revision, creating inconsistent and conflicting language that regularly presents challenge challenges for city planners, developers and residents.
Most recently, debate over development language has led neighbors in the Pill Hill Historic District looking for answers related to plans to divide an historic property at 912 Eighth St. SW, also known as the Harwick House.
Neighbors in what is also part of the Old Southwest Neighborhood have pointed to a section of the Land Development Manual that provides guidelines for subdividing residential lots and argued the proposal is not appropriate.
Allison Sosa, planning supervisor for Rochester’s Community Development Department, said the calculations included in the manual cause some conflict based on interpretation, but she added the city’s actions related to considering the property owner’s request are appropriate.
“I think the UDC is already planning to get rid of this calculation,” Sosa said of the effort to provide a code with fewer potential conflicts and clearer guidelines.
The transition to a Unified Development Code is expected to modernize the city’s development regulations and allow for a more efficient review process, ending debates over intent that often land in front of the city’s planning and zoning commission or the city counci .
On Monday, consultants from Clarion Associates, who were hired to create the new Unified Development Code, are expected to present a draft of the first of three planned installments for the updated code.
The first installment covers zoning districts and uses, while later sections will address development standards and processes for implementing the code.
The council’s review is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers of the city-county Government Center at 151 Fourth St. SE. It will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188.
Meetings scheduled to be held during the week of Oct. 26 include:
• City Council study session, 3:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the city-county Government Center. The council will meet as the city’s Economic Development Authority following the meeting. The meetings will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188.
• Fire Civil Service Commission, 3 p.m. Tuesday. Video of the meeting will be posted online at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas. Information for connecting to the online meeting is available in the agenda at the same site.
• Public Utility Board, 4 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD1h89VmL-E
• Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, noon Wednesday with members participating by Skype. An audio recording of the meeting is expected to be available after the meeting on the ROCOG website.
• Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of the Government Center. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas, and a link to attend the meeting online is available in the agenda posted at http://rochestercitymn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx
• Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, noon Wednesday with members participating by Skype. An audio recording of the meeting is expected to be available after the meeting on the ROCOG website, and a link to attend the meeting online is available in the agenda posted at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx