Shape Avondale Estates - Zoning Ordinance Rewrite

A clear, well-organized Zoning Ordinance is an essential tool to ensure that development conforms to the vision of the community. As the guiding document, the Shape Avondale Estates Zoning Ordinance Rewrite sets the direction for staff and City officials to develop and maintain a high-quality built environment. This rewrite will focus on codifying the vision, goals and objectives of other City plans; incorporating zoning best practices; and addressing development-related concerns unique to the City. In addition, the plan will explore new and innovative strategies to address current code deficiencies and create connections between the Zoning Ordinance and the City’s long-range planning documents.

Public participation is the foundation for any planning effort; and therefore, variety in involvement opportunities ensures active and widespread participation. This is especially true with zoning regulations, which impact a wide-variety of stakeholders including residents, business owners and visitors. Rewrite processes are notorious for low community interest, due in part to the traditional lack of visual appeal and procedural monotony.      

Recognizing these important needs and conditions, the planning process welcomes and seeks input from the broad spectrum of users and interests to inspire consistent and meaningful feedback throughout the process. In addition, the public involvement team will make special efforts to engage those populations who are often underrepresented in the planning process.  

Check back often for draft documents, project updates, and upcoming input opportunities to share your feedback and Shape Avondale Estates.


While the community-facing process for the Shape Avondale Estates zoning rewrite process is in hiatus during Covid-19, the technical drafting process is continuing. The community provided extensive feedback across a diverse range of subjects, such as building types, design criteria, land uses, open spaces, and accessory dwelling units through workshops and surveys between August 2019 and February 2020. The staff and CPL consultants have been using that feedback to draft the text of the new code and to revamp the numbering system and graphics to be more user-friendly. When City Hall reopens, a full review of the code recommendations will be presented. 

Take part in the Signage Scavenger Hunt

If you are looking for something fun, community focused, and helpful to do, you are invited to be a part of the decision-making process to set policy that impacts the character and aesthetics of your own community. Shake off the cobwebs from quarantine, and join the Shape Avondale Estates Sign Scavenger Hunt. Participating is fun and easy…you just need a camera or search engine and an internet connection to send your responses.