CITY OF OCEAN SPRINGS
November 27, 2017
For details and information concerning this release, please contact Cristina Werner, Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, at 228-875-6722.
November 21, 2017 – for immediate release
Ocean Springs Prepares to Review Unified Development Code Draft
Ocean Springs, MS. – The City of Ocean Springs is working to complete a new Unified Development Code to replace the current Zoning Ordinance Code that was first adopted in 1984. Efforts have been underway to update, streamline, and clarify these regulations while incorporating lessons learned and current development and regulatory issues.
A Unified Development Code (UDC) is a land use ordinance that combines a variety of development regulations and procedures into a single unified code. Elements of the UDC include but are
to: Zoning and subdivision regulations; development review procedures; landscaping and design standards; stormwater and floodplain management; roads and sidewalks; utility standards and the public approval process for development.
The goal is two-fold: bring development standards up to date to better reflect the current needs and growth patterns of the city, and to eliminate contradictions, provide clarity,
process and information flow to improve understanding and use for both staff and the public.
Mayor Dobson said "The current code is extremely out of date. Amendments over time have created inconsistencies and even contradiction on some issues. We look forward to providing the updated draft UDC for review and to taking this large step toward a code that is more transparent and easier to understand and use.”
A stakeholder group composed of city staff and local professionals in related fields has been diligently reviewing both the existing code documents and the Draft UDC that was not completed following review in 2013. The resulting updated draft will be available via the city’s website by the end of December 2017. Public hearings will be scheduled following initial review and those meeting times will be advertised. City residents and those that do business with the City are encouraged to review the Draft UDC and participate in the review and approval process.
For more information about this project, visit www.oceansprings-ms.gov.