What is Recode York County?
Recode York County is an initiative to review, update, and realign York County's Zoning and Subdivision Codes to better reflect the current and future development context in the county. The revised land use and development ordinances will be updated to implement the policies and goals of 2035 York Forward, the County's adopted Comprehensive Plan, as well as associated small area plans.
Other goals of the process include:
- Modernizing the Codes to incorporate current best practices
- Making the Codes more user-friendly, with additional graphics and a more intuitive organizational structure
- Improving consistency between the Codes and related County ordinances, standards and regulations
- Enhance the predicatbility of development outcomes
- Permit flexibility, where appropriate
- Eliminate barriers to development that is consistent with adopted plans
The process is being led by the York County Planning & Development Services Department, with oversight by the York County Council and the York County Planning Commission. The public, and all interested stakeholders, will have opportunities throughout the process, which is scheduled to conclude in September 2021, to provide input into the code rewrite and review and comment on draft regulations. Project updates, work products and notices for public meetings will be posted on this website, as well as the Recode York County Facebook page.
Announcements + Project Updates
January 1, 2020:
The consulting team is currently preparing an assessment of the York County Zoning and Subdivision Codes. The assessment will be completed in early March, and the County Council and Planning Commission will be holding a workshop in mid-March to review the assessment. Information about upcoming public meetings will be posted here as they are scheduled.
December 13, 2019:
The code update process officially kicked off this week, with two full days of stakeholder interviews held on December 11th and 12th. These interviews gave the consulting team an opportunity to hear first-hand from representatives of a wide range of stakeholder groups in the county about how the current Zoning and Subdivision Codes are working, and engage in discussions about emerging trends in land use and development in York County. These stakeholder interviews will feed in to the code assessment that the consulting team is preparing over the coming months, and will help to shape the direction of the updates to the Zoning and Subdivision Codes.
On the evening of December 11th, following the first day of stakeholder interviews, the consulting team held a public project kickoff meeting that was jointly attended by the County Council and Planning Commission. This meeting was used to introduce the County's elected and appointed officials, as well as the public, to the code update process.