BACKGROUND

The Oklahoma City Planning Department is managing a multi-phase project to update the City’s development-related codes, including the Zoning and Planning Code, Sign Code, and Subdivision Regulations. Changes are intended to implement the City’s comprehensive plan, planokc, address challenges with existing regulations, and respond to feedback received from users of the existing codes.

PROJECT PHASING

Phase 1 (complete)

Consultant Team: Opticos Design, Inc.; Lisa Wise Consulting; Peter J. Park, LLC

During Phase 1, the consultant team held stakeholder interviews with users of Oklahoma City’s existing codes, including engineers, developers, homebuilders, architects, and staff, and completed a diagnosis of Oklahoma City’s development codes to identify issues and concerns. They also examined best practices and recommended a strategy for updating development-related codes to meet the City’s goals. They recommended a hybrid code that consolidates development regulations (including Zoning Code, Sign Code, and Subdivision Regulations) under a Unified Development Code. They also recommended Form-Based Codes for some areas of the city, and updated conventional zoning regulations for others. All changes will occur in Phase 2 of the project.

Phase 2

Consultant Team: White & Smith Planning and Law Group; Kendig Keast; Vireo; Winter & Company

The City of Oklahoma City issued a Request for Proposals for Phase 2 of the project. The selected consultant team is led by White & Smith Planning and Law Group. The consultant team will be responsible for developing a work plan, a code framework, and an outreach and engagement plan; drafting codes and regulations; and testing, refining and finalizing codes to achieve community goals.  Changes to the sign code, zoning and planning code, and subdivision regulations are included in the scope of the project.                                                                                                                                    

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