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Jun 12

Draft #2 of Unified Development Ordinance

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 11:20 AM by Kristen Isch

(Manhattan, KS, February 13, 2018) - Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC) has provided the City of Manhattan with a draft of the second module of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for the community to review.  A UDO is a set of regulations that combines zoning and subdivision regulations as well as other applicable development requirements and design standards into one document to manage land use and development in the City. 
The second module of the UDO establishes standards for the subdivision of land, regulations to protect against flooding, and site development standards, such as parking requirements and regulations for signage, landscaping, and lighting.  The draft module provides new minimum and maximum off-street parking requirements and ways for developers to strategically reduce required off-street parking, based on share parking and other factors.  The draft also provides standards for landscaping of apartments, commercial and industrial uses and new “dark sky” lighting standards for developments.
“The first module created the framework for the entire Unified Development Ordinance.  The draft of the second module establishes standards for how land is subdivided, how infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks and bicycle facilities are constructed and how much and what type of parking, landscaping and lighting a new development must install” said Chad Bunger, Assistant Director Community Development Department. 
A public meeting will be held with the consultant from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, on Monday, February 19, 2018, in the City Commission Room, at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue for individuals to ask questions or provide comments or voice concerns about the project.  KKC will then present details of Module #2 during a work session with the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board that same day at 7:00 pm.  The public is welcome to attend the public meeting as well as the board presentation, ask questions, and provide feedback.  Additional public meetings held throughout the project.  

More information about the UDO is available online at 

This meeting is being held at a location that is physically accessible to individuals with disabilities. Information can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request.