Unified Development Code

Unified Development CodeIn 2008 the Department of Planning embarked on a major endeavor to merge Title 18 and 19 together and to update and reorganize the existing language within Title 19 toward a more graphics-oriented document. This allows users to visualize the standards rather than having to interpret the text. The merging of Titles 18 and 19 will eliminate cross-referencing issues, contradictions and duplication of information. This update has resulted in a more user-friendly document that has been reformatted for Internet use. The end product is the direct result of working with customer feedback groups to establish a simplified development code to better serve the community.

Effective Date

  • May 1, 2011

Proposed Unified Development Code

Prior Public Meetings

  • Sept. 23, 2010 - Planning Commission Review of Chapters 19.00, 19.12, 19.14 and 19.18.  View Minutes
  • Oct. 10, 2010 - Neighborhood Meeting, Mirabelli Community Center
  • Oct. 21, 2010 - Planning Commission Review of Chapters 19.06, 19.10 and 19.16.  View Minutes
  • Oct. 29, 2010 - Neighborhood Meeting, Durango Hills Community Center
  • Nov. 9, 2010 Neighborhood Meeting, East Las Vegas Senior Center
  • Nov. 18, 2010 – Planning Commission Review of Chapters 19.02, 19.04 and  19.08. View Minutes
  • Dec. 15, 2010 – City Council presentation on the status of the Unified Development Code.  View Minutes
  • Feb. 2, 2011 – Introduced to the City Council. View Minutes
  • Feb. 15, 2011 - Recommending Committee (Public Hearing to Hear Public Comment and Testimony), City Manager’s 8th Floor Conference Room. View Minutes
  • Feb. 16, 2011 - Second Reading
  • March 2, 2011 – City Council held bill 2011-7 in abeyance
  • March 16, 2011 – Adopted by the City Council

Proposed UDC Organization

  • 19.00 General Provisions

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Use of new table formats and general text formatting for improved usability
    • Merged Title 18 and 19 elements related to the stated purpose, reference title, administration, interpretation, enforcement and fee schedule

     

    • Relocated Official Zoning Map sections
     
  • 19.02 Subdivision Design, Construction and Improvement Requirements

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Reorganization of material currently found in Title 18


    • No substantive changes have been made to the existing standards reflected here.

  • 19.04 Complete Streets Standards

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Reorganization of material
    • Introduction of street tree section
    • Greater use of graphics, figures, and tables to illustrate standards
    • Clear definition of the expectations for the amenity zone

     

    • Consolidation of requirements for streetscape and street trees

     

    • Introduction of land use matrix which is meant to demonstrate land use – transportation combinations which are most compatible

     

    • Refined road network requirements

     

    • Introduction of Connectivity Ratio and establishes a minimum ratio for new development of 1.3

     

    • Introduction of the Traffic Transportation Plan (TTP) which works to ensure adequate connections from proposed development to a more connected grid street network

  • 19.06 Residential Districts—Purpose and Development and Design Standards

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Reorganization of material (e.g. standards present per district vs. summary comprehensive table with applicable standards spread through-out chapter)
    • Streamlined the number of residential districts by merging several districts as follows:
      • Retire R-PD and T-D
      • Remove R-CL from undesirable status
      • Consolidate R-A into R-E
      • Consolidate R-D into R-1
      • Consolidate R-3 into R-4
    • Address standards within those new combined districts to ensure they are still compatible and properly transitioned

  • 19.08 Commercial and Industrial Districts—Purpose and Development and Design Standards

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Reorganization of material
    • Streamlined the number of commercial districts 
      • Merger of C-PB into O/M (as appropriate)
      • Convert C-D from zoning district to overlay district
      • Convert N-S to C-1
    • Greater use of graphics, figures, and tables to illustrate standards
    • Reduced building setbacks in the C-1 district
    • Renaming of P-R district to P-O district
    • Increased allowable lot coverage in commercial districts and updated parking lot design standards to allow for additional landscape options

  • 19.10 Special Purpose and Overlay Districts—Purpose and Development and Design Standards

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Reorganization of material
    • Added maps (as appropriate) to connect the text of these districts where the text is applicable
    • Greater use of graphics, figures, and tables to illustrate standards
    • C-V district has graphics and modified text to better detail expectations for development within this district

     

    • C-V use information moved to the Permitted Uses chapter

  • 19.12 Permissible Uses

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Reorganization of material
    • Reorganized Permitted Uses Table by eliminating the categorical listing and alphabetizing the uses
    • Greater use of graphics, figures, and tables to illustrate standards
    • Separated the use/district matrix from the description/requirements text associated with each use

     

    • No substantive changes from currently adopted non-conformity provisions

  • 19.14 Nonconforming Uses and Structures

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Reorganization of material


    • No substantive changes from currently adopted non-conformity provisions

  • 19.16 Applications & Procedures

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • Merged Title 18 and 19 applications and refined various common application elements
    • Added sections for actions not previously addressed (e.g. Extensions Of Time, etc.)

     

    • Added flow charts for each application type to visually represent the typical work flow for said application

  • 19.18 Definitions & Measures

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    Comment

    Cosmetic Changes Substantive Changes
    • New format to how information is presented
    • Merged Title 18 and 19 elements related to how terms and phrases are defined
    • Greater use of graphics, figures, and tables to illustrate standards
    • Addressed a number of inconsistent definitions to provide greater clarity

     

    • Added a section to address how measurements and calculations are intended to be done

All material subject to change and is not applicable until adopted by the City Council


Contact Information

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Director: Flinn Fagg, AICP
Phone: (702) 229-6353

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