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Zoning Ordinance Update Project

The City of Bloomington is undergoing a multi-year effort to update its Zoning Ordinance and related City Code provisions. The current Zoning Ordinance was largely written in the 1950s and has, until recently, never been comprehensively updated. The overall project is divided into many smaller subprojects.  Each year, the City completes several subprojects.  As the update occurs, text is transitioned from Chapter 19 to Chapter 21 of the City Code.

The following projects are underway at this time:

Recreational Vehicle Ordinance update

As part of the 2018 Planning Commission Work Plan, the City will consider amendments to recreational vehicle storage standards and approval processes.  An ordinance has been drafted and was discussed at a public hearing before the Planning Commission on September 13, 2018.  Discussion by the City Council at a study session (no public testimony) is scheduled for January 14, 2019.  Future public hearings will be posted here when scheduled.

Industrial Standards Ordinance/Rezoning

As part of the 2018 Planning Commission Work Plan, the City amended its industrial standards and rezoned a number of parcels.  Public Hearings for the ordinance/rezoning were held on November 29, 2018 before the Planning Commission and January 7, 2019 before the City Council.  The final version of the ordinance and supplemental information is provided below, along with a map of properties that were rezoned.

Draft Ordinances
Slides from Informational Meeting
Zoning Map Amendments
Changes to Use Matrix and Site Development Standards
Staff Reports
Study Session Meeting Minutes

Accessory Dwelling Units Update

Staff is proposing several modifications to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance that are intended to make the creation of an ADU more feasible for some home owners. Proposed changes to the ADU performance standards pertain to minimum site size, off-street parking requirements, and the proportionate size of an ADU. The draft ordinance is linked below. A public hearing is scheduled at Planning Commission on February 14, 2019, and tentatively on March 4, 2019, for City Council. If you have any questions, contact Nick Johnson, Planner, at 952-563-8925 or

PDF icon ADU_Draft_Ordinance 011719.pdf



Completed updates