The City of Ardmore’s Development Services Department will host two workshops Thursday to discuss updating the Unified Development Code. City Planner Stephanie Keyser with the City’s Development Services Department said they hope to include input from area residents in updating the UDC.
In July 2017, the City released a comprehensive plan, created with consultants from Houseal Lavigne Associates. The plan is a policy document that guides land use, development, capital improvements, community investment and growth for 15-20 years according to the document itself as published on the City’s website. The plan was created with the consultants using community input. The department is calling on the public once again, as the Unified Development Code as it is currently written has not been updated since the 1990s. That code is part of the municipal code and regulates issues such as land use, building size and set backs. Development Services uses and enforces the current code daily.
The department is offering two workshops to discuss the community’s ideas on what needs to be changed and updated. Issues such has urban farming and agriculture, namely whether or not residents are allowed to have animals such as chickens in residential areas. Another issue that is currently disallowed in the current UDC is the conversion of garage or outbuildings to “granny flats” or additional living areas.
“The first workshop is for residential builders, architects, surveyors and land owners,” said Keyser. “The second is for commercial and industrial owners and developers.”
The public is welcome to attend both sessions. The residential workshop will be held beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the 3rd floor of City Hall in the Commission Chambers. The commercial and industrial workshop will begin at 2:30 p.m.    
Any questions about the workshops or the UDC may be directed to Keyser at (580) 221-2508. Those interested may view the current UDC at https://bit.ly/2uP2SZm.