The City of South Bend is currently considering an update to its zoning ordinance. Generally, the update will enhance ease of use by simplifying regulations and language while incorporating more graphics and tables. This is a DRAFT and is subject to change. You are encouraged to review the ordinance closely and contact the Department of Community Investment with any questions or suggestions.
Proposed New Ordinance:
Draft Zoning Ordinance
Proposed Zoning Districts
Interactive Zoning Map
COMMENT DEADLINE – October 4. Please email any comments/questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU RECEIVED A LETTER STATING TO CALL 574-235-6022 AND IT RINGS BUSY, CALL 574-245-6022 OR 574-235-9451
What is a zoning ordinance?
A zoning ordinance divides land into districts or zones. Within the zones, the ordinance regulates how the land is used, the placement and materials of buildings, parking, landscaping, signs, and other aspects of development. The zoning ordinance is not the same as a comprehensive or neighborhood plan. The plan provides a vision or framework for an area; the zoning ordinance implements plans by providing regulations.
Why is the City updating its zoning ordinance?
The current zoning ordinance was adopted in 2004. The proposed zoning ordinance update incorporates changes in the market, but most importantly, focuses on making the ordinance more user friendly. The proposed zoning ordinance will enhance ease of use by simplifying regulations and language and incorporating more graphics and tables.
How do I see what my property is zoned?
The current zoning map can be viewed at this link.
Please click here to see the proposed zoning map.
How does the zoning impact what I do with my property?
For the vast majority of properties, the proposed zoning update will not affect how you can use it. For more details on the regulations for your property, please refer to the zone regulations that correspond to your property’s zoning as shown on the map. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the staff at (574) 235-9451.
Why did I receive a letter about my zoning district changing, but my neighbor did not get one?
Because the zoning district names are changing in the proposed ordinance, an updated zoning map is required for the whole City. Most of the existing zoning districts have a direct translation to a new zoning district in the new zoning ordinance (e.g. SF1 becomes S1). In some instances, the existing zoning district may not easily translate to a new zoning district or the property is located in an area where another district may be more appropriate. If your property was not one of those that was a direct translation, you will receive a letter from the Department of Community Investment to bring it to your attention.
How do the new zoning districts compare to the old?
While many of the existing and proposed zoning districts are very similar, some were combined and reformatted to become more reflective of the built environment.
Where can I learn more information about the proposed Zoning Ordinance?
The City is holding a series of public meetings to inform and gather feedback regarding proposed updates. Each public meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:
August 28th : Charles Black Community Center, 3419 W Washington Street
August 29th : River Park Branch Library, 2022 E Mishawaka Avenue
September 3rd : German Branch Library, 52807 Lynnewood Avenue
September 12th : Main Library Rockne Room, 304 South Main Street
How can I contact the Department of Community Investment if I have comments but cannot make the meetings?
You can email any questions or comments to email@example.com. Please submit public comments/questions by October 4.
What must happen for the new zoning ordinance to be approved?
The ordinance was filed with the City Clerk’s Office on September 18, 2019. The Area Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at its October 15, 2019 meeting and make a recommendation to the Common Council.
The South Bend Common Council is expected to hold a public hearing in November before taking a final vote to approve or amend the proposed ordinance.
When would the new ordinance take effect if the Council votes to approve?
January 1, 2020.