Evaluation and Recommendations: Best Practice Development Standards

It has been over 50 years since the last time the zoning ordinance has been comprehensively revised. During that time, the median household income about $7,000, and the average American home cost $24,600. Life has changed a great deal since the 1960’s. We have more use of technology, a greater need to preserve our open space and environment, and a growing population. Today’s needs call for a 21st Century Zoning Ordinance.

Clarion Associates recommends the new zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations incorporate best practices from across the country that address how to redevelop and revitalize the under used commercial corridors; provide regulations that will protect and sustain our communities; design guidelines that will improve connectivity and roads in our communities; and develop regulations that will protect our open space, agriculture, and farmlands.