Land Use Code Simplification Project (aka Unified Development Code)

General Information

On October 9, 2012, the Mayor and Council adopted the Unified Development Code, Administrative Manual, and the Technical Standards Manual. These documents will eventually replace the Land Use Code (LUC), Development Standards, and the development review procedures in Chapter 23A of the Tucson Code.

Important Facts and Dates:

  1. The new documents go into effect on January 2, 2013.
  2. Applications submitted prior to January 2, 2013 will be reviewed per the current Land Use Code.
  3. The current LUC and the UDC will both be in effect until January 1, 2016. After this point, the LUC will be repealed and the UDC (and support manuals)   will be the sole zoning code for the City.
  4. During this 3-year transition period, property owners who owned the property prior to the effective date of the UDC have the option of submitting under the LUC or UDC.
  5. The Design Development Option, Flexible Lot Development, and the Parking Design Modification Request will be repealed from the LUC on January 1, 2014. Until then, these procedures are available for use in the LUC, and starting Tuesday, January 2, 2013, the UDC.

Unified Development Code Training Powerpoint Presentation

The presentation explains:

  • How the UDC and its supporting documents are organized;
  • Where the various regulations are located;
  • The regulatory differences between the LUC and UDC; and,
  • How the transition to the new documents is going to occur

Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1 (Part 2 coming soon)

Summary of UDC Dimensional Standards

Unified Development Code

Unified Development Code (Adopted on 10/9/12; Effective date 1/2/13)*

                          *Document is bookmarked

Administrative Manual

 The Administrative Manual is a companion document to the UDC and Technical Standards Manual and  includes application submittal requirements, development review fees, and the City Development Review Committee procedure.

Administrative Manual (Adopted on 10/9/12; Effective Date 1/2/13)*

                               *Document is bookmarked

Technical Standards Manual

The Technical Standards Manual is a companion document to the Unified Development Code and the Administrative Manual and includes the Historic Preservation Zone design guidelines and engineering related site standards, such as solid waste collection, street design, and detention/retension standards.

Technical Standards Manual (Adopted on 10/9/12; Effective Date 1/2/13)*

                                  *Document is bookmarked

Significant differences between the current regulations and the proposed Unified Development Code, Administrative Manual, and the Technical Standards Manual

Disposition Reports

The following documents identify from where in the Land Use Code. Development Standards, or Chapter 23Aof the Tucson Code, the new documents have their basis.