CommUNITY2020 Unified Development Ordinance

Evansville-Vanderburgh County

Public Meeting

The third public meeting will be taking place on January 28, 2020 at the Oaklyn Public Library Meeting Room (3001 Oaklyn Drive Evansville, IN 47711) from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. This meeting will present a detailed analysis of the existing zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Critiques of the existing standards, review of typical best planning practices, and recommended direction for the new Unified Development Ordinance will be discussed.

Click here to view the public meeting flyer: Public Meeting #3 Flyer

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 This Ordinance will remove/replace out-of-date regulations, provide new processes, and incorporate flexibility in the Ordinance for more creative and appropriate development.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.