Unified Development Code

The Unified Development Code, adopted by the City Council on March 25, 2003, is the primary guide to development within the City of Georgetown. The UDC incorporates procedures, standards and regulations for zoning as well as subdivision applications.

This document was codified, as of November 2015, and is now available with our Code of Ordinances: Code of OrdinancesThis codified document allows searching capabilities that the pdf versions here do not. The code in regular text will be kept on this page during the transition period but we encourage you to start using the Municode version.

City Council recently approved Ordinance 2017-015 which updated the Code to accommodate changes made to the Comprehensive Plan.  The amendments became effective on April 1, 2017.  The adopting Ordinance with the redline changes are available here.  The entire file is larger than 10 MB so has been divided to accommodate all systems.

ORD 2017-15 Part 1         ORD 2017-15 Part 2          ORD 2017-15 Part 3          ORD 2017-15 Part 4

The primary changes to the UDC from the previous regulations include:

  • Chapter 3 – Development Applications: Development Application Order, Plat Extensions, and Establishing a Subdivision Variance process
  • Chapters 6 and 7 – Development Standards: Clarified setback requirements and Applicability of Chapters
  • Chapter 12 – Pedestrian and Vehicle Circulation: Pedestrian and Bicycle mobility, Streets, Driveways and Easement, Road Adequacy Standards, Established a formula for existing and future connectivity, Intersection spacing, and Cul-de-sac- protection
  • Chapter 13 – Public Improvements: Codification of current practice for requesting voluntary annexation
  • Chapter 16 – Definitions: Modified definitions for transportation related items

All amendments have been added to the Code and the entire updated code is available here.  The codified version is not currently updated and this page will give notice when it is.  Please contact the Planning Department with any questions by emailing planning@georgetown.org.

For the purposes of web download, the pdf document has been separated into chapters to allow viewing by users with slower internet connections.