Unified Development Code

In September 2015, the City of Winona began a 1.5 year effort to update its zoning ordinance, site plan ordinance, and subdivision code. The Winona Development Code Update project created a new Unified Development Code (UDC) that brings together development related regulations into a single chapter of City Code to provide a more consistent, integrated, and efficient means of supporting quality development in the community. In addition, the new UDC adds graphics and tables to better communicate the City’s requirements; streamlines the process for development review and approvals; resolves inconsistencies between different codes; and addresses recommendations from the City’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan. The project was necessary to update the City’s existing zoning code from 1960.

On June 19th the City Council approved the final draft of the UDC.  The effective date is June 21st, 2017.  The document is available below:

Final Unified Development Code 6/21/17

Rezoning Map
Rezoning Map Closeup

For questions, please contact below:
Carlos Espinosa City Planner [email protected] 507-457-8250

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Planning CommissionPhase UpdatesConsultant NotesDocuments

Phase 1: Complete

Thank you to the more than 30 people that participated in the series of Stakeholder Meetings on October 5th. The meetings provided valuable insights to the consulting team about what is working and not working with the current development codes. The presentation from the meetings and a summary of the discussions has been compiled and is available for review using the links below.

Phase 2: Complete

The issues and needs identified in Phase 1 are being used in Phase 2 as the consultant team completes its review of the existing codes and plans. The consultant team is currently identifying the existing codes’ strengths and weaknesses, exploring potential approaches for the update process, and researching “best practices” from similar communities in needed areas. The consultant team solicited community input on key areas during an Open House on January 12th.  The team also reviewed its findings with City Staff and the Planning Commission at a January 25th joint meeting.

Phase 3: Complete

Phase 4: In Progress