Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions:

What is zoning?

Zoning regulates what structures and land are used for, where a structure may locate on a lot, and how big that structure can be. It also regulates other elements of site development, such as accessory structures, parking, and landscape. Zoning regulations are divided into zoning districts, so that use, bulk, yard and development regulations are tailored to the character of each particular zoning district.

What is subdivision?

Subdivision regulations provide the rules for dividing land into buildable lots, as well as the rules for public improvements that serve those lots.

What is a Unified Development Code?

Currently, the rules for development in Spring Hill are contained in a number of separate ordinances. A Unified Development Code (UDC) combines zoning and subdivision regulations, as well as other City land development ordinances, into a single code. The UDC will be the “rule book” for land development and building within Spring Hill. The purpose of combining these and kindred ordinances is to assure consistency among development requirements, make it easier to develop land, and to make sure that the review and approval processes are as complete and efficient as possible.

Why update these documents?

The City’s current Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations do not adequately implement Spring Hill’s goals related to directing growth and enhancing the community’s resiliency. In addition, many of the current zoning district regulations don’t relate to the built environment in Spring Hill–creating nonconformities–or do not allow for some desired forms of development.

What is the relationship between Spring Hill Rising: 2040 and the Unified Development Code?

The UDC is key to implementing the vision laid forth in Spring Hill Rising: 2040. The Plan, which was adopted in 2015, provides mapped and written policy about how land should be managed and how development should occur. The Unified Development Code will take these policies as its base, and provide a set of development regulations–generally organized by district–each containing specific regulations key to those policies. A zoning map identifies the location of these districts, thereby specifying the development requirements affecting land within the City.

With the creation of a Unified Development Code, will the autonomy of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to enact the Zoning Ordinance and its amendments, and the Planning Commission to enact and maintain the Subdivision Regulations be retained?

State law requires divided authority and responsibility. The Planning Commission will continue to govern the Subdivision Regulations, while the Board of Mayor and Aldermen will control ordinances related to zoning, as is the way these regulations are currently administered. The UDC will clearly state this within the administrative provisions.