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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:

Industrial zoning update

This is an update to the 1950s-era industrial districts and standards, including modifications to the proposed Innovation and Technology (IT) district.  Involves shifting standards to Chapter 21, creating an industrial use matrix, adopting site development and performance standards, among other items.  Also involves discussions with landowners to determine potential modifications, preparation of code amendments, and public hearings.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.  Staff contact: Mike Centinario, Planner, 952-563-8921.

Pet Services Facility Amendment

The City has received an application for a privately initiated City Code amendment related to the pet services facilities.  The ordinance would allow pet services facilities in the C-5 zoning district as a conditional use.  In addition, the ordinance would add performance standards for pet services facilities Citywide.  Performance standards include provisions related to noise, odor, outdoor pet areas, operation within enclosed buildings, and restrictions on hour of operation when in close proximity to residential uses. Staff contact:  Nick Johnson, Planner,, 952-563-8925.

Noise Attenuation

The Noise Attenuation code amendment requires noise attenuation (noise insulation) for newly constructed properties near the airport (properties within the 60 - dB DNL Noise Contour developed by the Metropolitan Airport Commission). This is only applicable to new construction, including additions, alterations, and reconstruction of existing structures. Furthermore, it is only applicable to noise sensitive land uses including residential, places of assembly, hospitals, educational, and hotel uses.

The following code amendment was adopted by the City Council on July 9, 2018. 

PDF icon Noise Attenuation Ordinance

The following projects have been completed:

Completed updates