Unified Development Ordinance


A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a tool which combines traditional zoning and subdivision regulations, along with other development standards for items such as design guidelines, stormwater management, signs or street standards into one, easy-to-read reference document. It is intended to eliminate redundant or conflicting code provisions, help to streamline the review and approval process and clarify the steps and requirements with clear illustrations and language.

In Saratoga Springs, the city’s Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Standard Construction Details regulate land use preservation, development and in-fill redevelopment throughout the City. 

The City has received a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to update its land use regulations (Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Standard Construction Details) and synchronize its policy documents (Open Space Master Plan, Complete Streets Policy, and the Urban and Community Forest Master Plan) in accordance with the newly updated Comprehensive Plan, into a coordinated, user-friendly document. 

The City has hired a local firm, Behan Planning and Design, to assist us in making this a reality.

Additional description about the project is available on the SaratogaUDO website (http://saratogaspringsudo.com/about-the-project/), where you can find information on the anticipated schedule, how to submit comments, news and announcements, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), links to existing city documents and information about the planning team