EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Monday night, Evansville’s City Council voted to move forward with the Unified Development Ordinance. That means builders and developers will know what the rules are if they want to build in the city.
That ordinance is being created in hopes it will allow more affordable homes to be built in the community.
City Councilman Ron Beane, says many of these policies haven’t been updated since the 60′s, and Evansville is now a very different city than it was back then.
This ordinance allows them to start with a clean slate, and make changes that they believe will modernize city code.
Beane says that updates to Evansville’s zoning and subdivision regulations are long overdue.
“What’s happened is the community has grown and expanded," Beane said. "And so, we have a core of the city that has problems with not high-density, not tax revenue properties, and so, we need to find a way to reutilize those.”
The city has spent more than $250,000 on a study to look into issues with parking, affordable housing costs, and development.
“If there is an issue where we can work something out to get development here, I don’t want us to wait until January of next year because, by that time, that business has gone somewhere else,” City Council 2nd Ward Missy Mosby said.
The council hopes to have a completed ordinance presented by November.
“I’m very confident that at the end of the day, we will have a unified ordinance that will be much improved, and we are trying to incorporate every idea that we want,” Beane said.
Beane says they will continue to hear public opinions on the ordinance as well. A public hearing is in the works for the end of March.