CommUNITY2020 Unified Development Ordinance

Evansville-Vanderburgh County

Public Meeting Update

On Thursday, March 12th, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced that the state was taking new steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Governor’s Executive Order states that public agencies should cancel or postpone non-essential meetings for the health and safety of the public.

There is no higher priority to Evansville and Vanderburgh County Officials and Staff than the safety of the community’s citizens, employees, and visitors. Based on the information that has been provided, the March 31st public meeting for the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) update has been cancelled.

However public input is still important.  We will be rescheduling these meetings for a later date.

Thank you for you patience and support.

Community Survey

Community participation and input is critical to the success of the planning process.  A community survey has been created to collect feedback from individuals who were not able to attend the public meeting on June 10 or 11, 2019.

The community survey is now closed. We will be posting the results of the survey at a later time.


The City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County are in the process of updating the existing Zoning Ordinances and Subdivision Regulations.  The last major update of the current zoning codes occurred in 1962.  The subdivision ordinance has not been substantially updated since 1984.  Over the years, Evansville and Vanderburgh County’s development patterns have changed but the codes have not adapted to respond to these changes. In order to bring the ordinances up-to-date so they are consistent with today’s planning practices while allowing for development flexibility and creativity, the APC will update the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance into a UDO.

What is a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)?

A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a legal document that combines the traditional zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations, along with other desired regulations such as design guidelines, sign regulations, etc. into one comprehensive document.  The new UDO will govern land use, the subdivision of land, and development patterns in both Evansville and Vanderburgh County. This Ordinance will remove/replace out-of-date regulations, provide new processes, and incorporate flexibility in the Ordinance for more creative and appropriate development. The new UDO will contain tables and graphics, so it is easier to use and understand.  It will also simplify the review processes to be less cumbersome and allow for developers, residents, and business owners to obtain approvals are quicker and less cumbersome by navigating the regulations through a user-friendly format.