Land Development Code Update

What is the Land Development Code?

The Land Development Code (LDC) contains all of the adopted standards, regulations, and procedures about development in Hudson. It regulates small residential projects such as fences and additions and regulates large projects such as residential subdivisions and commercial development.

Why Does It Need to be Updated?
The City of Hudson's Land Development Code was last revised in 1999, just five years after the merger of the Village and the Township. Much has changed since then, and so have the needs of the residents. The City solicited input from citizens, boards/commissions, community groups and staff to determine what changes might need to be made.

A major concern expressed by residents was that it is difficult to find information in the document's current form. If someone wanted to install a fence, for example, it is difficult for the average citizen to easily locate this information. While much of the document will remain the same, information is being reordered in an attempt to streamline the LDC for easier use.

The Process

Phase I

Over a six-month period, the LDC Rewrite Team reached out to community residents, businesses, stakeholders, City staff and City officials for feedback on the existing LDC to identify areas that needed improvement.

The outreach included both internal and external information gathering including interviews with staff, City boards/commissions, City officials and an online survey. External research included a public open house, online survey, meetings with community groups, and input from building contractors, homeowner's associations and Hudson merchants.

The results provided the following recommendations for improvements to the LDC.

  • Simplify the LDC, make it easier to navigate, and improve its organization
  • Improve code enforcement
  • Promote a variety of housing types
  • Allow flexibility in garage orientation
  • Employ more charts, tables, and visual aids
  • Include regulations that will attract millennials, young families, and empty nesters

Phase II

Phase II included drafting the revised document. The LDC Rewrite Team met with a  join session of Planning Commission and City Council to discuss the initial findings and solicit feedback to sue n the drafting stage.

The outreach in Phase I revealed a narrow set of concerns. Goals for the rewrite included: 

  • Simplify the LDC where possible.
  • Streamline the LDC where possible
  • Create a regulatory environment that would be flexible enough to accommodate varied housing styles

Phase III

The project is currently in Phase II which consists of the review, discussion, formal public comment, and adoption of the revised Code.

Aligning the Comprehensive Plan with the LDC Update

The Comprehensive Plan’s Land Use and Development Plan identifies future land uses for all areas within the City and provides a framework to guide future planning and land use policy decisions.The most recent 2015 plan is a continuation of both the 1995 and 2004 Plans.

The Land Use and Development Plan identified the overreaching goal of “Support[ing] a healthy balance of land uses that can continue to make Hudson an attractive place to live and work, and carefully manage new growth and investment to ensure preservation of the community’s historic character and small-town charm.” (Comp Plan p. 23).

Specifically, the Land Use and Development Plan outlined a collection of goals and recommendations to assist in achieving this, including:

  • Support the creation and maintenance of stable residential neighborhoods, ranging from medium or large lot single family homes to small lot single family detached homes, duplexes, town homes, condominiums, and apartments.” (Comp Plan at 23).
  • Concentrate commercial corridor uses at key nodes along Route 303 and 91.” (Comp Plan at 23)
  • Support the creation and maintenance of offices, industrial areas, and business parks of varying sizes that can accommodate a diverse array of industries, support well-paying jobs, and generate new tax revenue.” (Comp Plan at 23).
  • Continue to ensure new development reflects the scale of existing development within Hudson.” (Comp Plan at 23).