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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:

Chicken Standards Update

The City Council will hold a public hearing on September 23rd for the proposed City Code amendments regarding Chickens.

City Council held a public hearing about the proposed Chicken Ordinance Update on Monday, July 15. At the meeting, Council voted to continue the agenda item. They asked staff to bring the amendments to a Council study session for more discussion and refinement.

A video of the meeting and can be found here: 

Council provided the following recommendations for City Code amendments at the August 12 Study Session:

  1. Setback requirement will be reduced from 50 feet to 30 feet

  2. An additional setback of 50 feet from neighboring residential dwelling

  3. Screening will be required at 6 foot height in the form a solid privacy fence

  4. Composting language will be removed and chapter 10 composting standards referenced

The recommendations were incorporated into the proposed City Code Amendment that can be found here:

PDF icon Proposed Chicken Ordinance for September 23.pdf

City Council will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed City Code amendment on Monday September 23, 2019 at 7 PM in Council Chambers. 

If you have any questions, comments, concerns please contact Michael Palermo at or (952) 563-8924. 

Recreational Vehicle Ordinance update

On April 1, 2019, the City Council adopted the following ordinance modifying parking and storage standards and approval processes for recreational vehicles.

PDF icon Ordinance adopted 04012019

Opportunity Housing Update

The City Council held a public hearing and approved an ordinance on Monday, August 5, 2019.

The staff report and adopted ordinance can be found here:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Julie Farnham at or (952) 563-4739.

Electric Vehicle Charging Standards

The City has withdrawn the ordinance and is refining the proposed ordinance language. The Planning Commission held an ordinance on August 8 regarding the proposed ordinance that would establishing standards for electric vehicle charging stations and related items.

The staff report and supplemental materials presented at the Planning Commission can be found here:

The updated ordinance proposal will be posted here when available. If you have questions or comments, please contact Mike Palermo, Planner at or 952-563-8924.

Completed updates