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 will create a new Unified Development Code (UDC) that brings together development related regulations into a single chapter of the city code to provide a more consistent, integrated, and efficient means of supporting quality development in the community. This process will create a UDC that 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. This project is necessary to update the City’s existing zoning code from 1960.
The update process extends from September of 2015 through May of 2017. The Winona Planning Commission and City Staff are working with the consultant team of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. (HKGI) and McBride Dale Clarion (MDC) on the update project. Detailed information on the project is available in the consultant’s Scope of Services. The project has five main phases:
- Project Initiation: Sept. 2015 – Oct. 2015
- Code Review and Diagnosis: Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015
- Annotated Code Outline: Dec. 2015 – Jan. 2016
- Development Code Drafting: Feb. 2016 – Feb. 2017
- Development Code Adoption: March – May 2017
The Planning Commission is serving as the primary advisory body to the consultant. The Commission has scheduled a public hearing for 4:30 p.m. April 10th, 2017 in the City Council Chambers of City Hall (207 Lafayette Street) on the final draft of the document:
After review by the Planning Commission, the Development Code Update will go to the City Council for a public hearing and final approval. Please contact City staff below with comments or questions.
A copy of the Development Code Update is available for review in the Community Development Department of City Hall (207 Lafayette Street).
Next Meeting: Planning Commission public hearing, 4:30 p.m. April 10th, 2017 in the City Council Chambers of City Hall (207 Lafayette Street).
Topic: Development Code Update Final Draft
|For questions, please contact below:|
|Mark Moeller||City Planner||[email protected]||507-457-8250|
|Carlos Espinosa||City Planner||[email protected]||507-457-8250|
|Jeff Miller||HKGI||[email protected]||612-252-7123|
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.
- Jan 12, 2016 Open House Materials
- Jan 25, 2016 Planning Commission/City Council work session Presentation
Phase 3: Complete
Phase 4: In Progress
Current City Visions Guiding the Update Process
City Code Sections To Be Unified
- City Code Chapter 22 City Administration (Section 21 Board of Adjustment)
- City Code Chapter 41 City Planning
- City Code Chapter 42 Subdivision Regulations
- City Code Chapter 43 Zoning
- City Code Chapter 44 Site Plan Ordinance (Section 44 Site Plans)
- City Code Chapter 69 Shoreland Management
Documents Informing the Update Process