The Urbana Zoning Ordinance is one of the main tools the City uses to regulate development. Each property within the City is assigned to one of the 21 residential, commercial or industrial zoning districts. Different regulations, permitted uses, and other requirements are outlined for each zoning district, and the Official Zoning Map depicts the current zoning for every property in the City.
Occassionally, the Zoning Ordinance is amended by an ordinance adopted by the City Council. Such amendments may include new regulations, or clarifications and/or deletion of existing regulations. Individual property owners may request variances to the Zoning Ordinance, or request that their property be rezoned to another zoning district. These requests are reviewed by staff to determine if they are consistent with the goals and policies outlined in the City's current comprehensive plan. The request is then reviewed by either the Zoning Board of Appeals, or the Urbana Plan Commission and Urbana City Council.
The Urbana Comprehensive Plan is the current document guiding zoning decisions in the City. A number of future land uses are identified by the plan to illustrate the City's desired development patterns, but do not carry the same regulatory power as does zoning.
Paper copies of the Urbana Zoning Ordinance and the Official Zoning Map are available for $10 each. They can be picked up at either the City Clerk's office or the Community Development Services Department, both of which are located at 400 South Vine Street in downtown Urbana.
Below are links to PDFs of the Urbana Zoning Ordinance and the Official Zoning Map. Following that are links to recent Zoning Ordinance Amendments which have been approved but have not yet been incorporated into the Zoning Ordinance. When working with the Zoning Ordinance, please make sure to check all of the recent Amendments in order ensure that relevant standards have not changed.