Holland Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

City of HollandThe City of Holland has adopted an Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) which went into effect on August 11, 2021. This document has been designed to shape the way we live, work, and play in our beautiful community.

To learn more visit www.hollandudo.com

To the right you will find the latest version of the document (titled, Holland UDO Book), and below is an overview of the process and the intent behind this new ordinance.


Process and Intent

The City of Holland’s Planning Commission, staff, and consultant, McKenna Associates,  kicked-off the UDO Design Process in August 2018 to combine or reference all development related ordinances and codes into a single regulatory document. These ordinances and codes include: Zoning, Streets and Sidewalks, Subdivision of Land, Tree, Stormwater, Housing, Fire Code, and Holland Board of Public Works requirements. 

Additionally, the intent of UDO is to: update existing requirements; add graphics and images to further clarify ordinance requirements; and to implement the City of Holland’s 2017 Master Plan by introducing new land use and building design requirements.  

Throughout the process, Planning Commission, staff, and our consultant have enjoyed hearing from representatives of all stakeholders: residents, property owners, business owners, commerce groups, technical experts, developers, design engineers, and City Council and other Boards and Commissions.  

Two Virtual Advisory Public Hearings were held in December 2020. The first on December 7 and the second on December 10. You can watch the meeting recordings here, as well as recordings of all past Planning Commission meetings.

On April 13, 2021 Planning Commission recommended approval of the Unified Development Ordinance to City Council. 

On July 21, 2021 City Council amended the Unified Development Ordinance and then approved final adoption of it. 

This went into effect on August 11, 2021.