MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson says rewriting the city’s development code is as important as anything he’s done in office.
The city has had “unprecedented public input“ in the process of developing a Unified Development Code, according to Stimpson who Tuesday gave a briefing to city council members on the progress being made on the UDC. The current city code is more than fifty years old. The mayor says it is confusing, differs from neighborhood to neighborhood, and is an impediment to growth. He says a new, streamlined, easy-to-understand code is needed.
“Whether you are remodeling a house, or trying to decide what to do with a lot that you own: subdivide it, what you can build on it, we want it spelled out in black and white so you don’t have to hire an attorney to tell you what you can do and what you can’t do,“ Stimpson said.
The mayor says the current code is confusing to both residents and outside developers. He says he hopes the new code will eliminate red-tape and the number of activities that require city approval.