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Unified Development Ordinance


The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is the compilation of regulations that govern land use, which includes the Zoning Ordinance, the Environmental Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance/Regulations. The purpose of these regulations is as follows:

  • To promote the public health, safety and general welfare by regulating the subdivision, development and use of land;
  • To prevent the overcrowding of land;
  • To lessen congestion in the streets and highways;
  • To provide adequate light, air, water supply, sewage disposal, parks and recreation areas, ingress and egress, and other public improvements;
  • To require development in harmony with the natural environment;
  • To promote preservation of open space;
  • To promote development approaches that minimize costs to local citizens and that promote the effective and efficient provision of public services;
  • To protect the rights of property owners;
  • To require uniform requirements of land subdivisions and transferring interests in real property by reference to a plat or certificate of survey; secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers;
  • To avoid undue concentration of population;
  • To facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools and other public requirements;
  • To give reasonable consideration in the review of development proposals to the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for particular uses;
  • To conserve the value of buildings; and to encourage the most appropriate use of land.

Unified Development Ordinance

Please note: The Official UDO is maintained by an off-site vendor, MuiCode.com, which maintains city ordinances, code, and the Unitified Development Ordinance.
Link:
https://www.municode.com/library/ga/columbus/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=APXAUNDEOR