Holland Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

City of HollandThe City of Holland is creating a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which will shape the way we live, work, and play in our beautiful community.

To learn more about this entire process we encourage you to visit www.hollandudo.com

Additionally, below you will find details on the process, intent, upcoming public hearing, the latest draft, and how to provide comment.


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Upcoming Public Hearing

The Planning Commission will hold an official Public Hearing on the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at its April 13, 2021, 5:00 p.m. regular meeting. Planning Commissioners will take action, by voting, on the next steps for the UDO; the options are: Recommend Approval to City Council or Table the Decision to a later Planning Commission meeting to provide time for edits. Public comment will be welcomed. Details for the meeting will be provided on the City’s website by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.  

Additional comments are welcomed prior to the hearing and can be sent to planningcomment@cityofholland.com. Comments received by 11:00 a.m. on April 13, 2021 will be shared with Planning Commissioners and added to the public record.

Latest Draft

You can view the latest draft at www.hollandudo.com or by downloading this document.


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 this 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.


Questions and Answers

Following the Virtual Advisory Public Hearings in December 2020 Staff complied and answered questions asked by the attending public. Those questions and answers can be found here.

You can view the entire Public Outreach Process (through December 2020) by clicking to this document.


Summary Videos

To help everyone better understand the layers of the proposed UDO, the City of Holland has recorded five videos summarizing key topics. These videos cover what the UDO is, how to use it, the proposed ins and outs of Zone Districts, the Form Based Code, specific development requirements, and changes regarding what you can do on your property.  

You can also find these videos and more at www.hollandudo.com.