Welcome to the BEE Ready 2030 Vision Plan Portal Page! 

DRAFT Bessemer City LDC

The link below will take you to the most up-to-date working draft (04-28-2021) of the new Bessemer City Land Development Code (Unified Development Ordinance).  This has not been approved, adopted, or finalized by City Council at this time. 

A public hearing about the code and zoning map will take place on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7PM in City Hall Council Chambers. 

City Council will vote to adopt the new code and zoning map on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 7PM

Edits to the code and map are still taking place.  Updated versions will be uploaded to this page for the public’s review as they become available

***This is NOT a final version of the code or zoning map.***

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Tell us what you think about the draft code and zoning map:

Draft LDC & Zoning Map Survey

Why Participate?
Bessemer City is in the process of rewriting the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) (Or Land Development Code, LDC).  This code defines how the City develops moving forward as the Charlotte Area continues to grow.  What types of growth do we want?  How do we want things to look?  Where do we want things to be?  What do we want to preserve?  How do we want to improve?

BEE Ready 2030 Vision Plan

What Is It?

The City is in the process of creating a new development code, also referred to as a unified development ordinance (UDO) or Land Development Code (LDC).  This code guides growth in the community with development standards, land use regulations, and other guidelines.  The proposed code will be a formed-based code.

A form-based code is a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. A form-based code is a regulation, not a mere guideline, adopted into city, town, or county law. A form-based code offers a powerful alternative to conventional zoning regulation.  More information about form based codes can be found here.

What Is the Zoning Map?

A development code is the legal ordinance that regulates development in a community.  In addition to the code, communities have a zoning map which indicates varies zoning districts in a community [City Limits and Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)].  The zoning map indicates what type of zoning is allowed is various areas for growth and development.  The zoning map, including the rezoning of property, does not change existing uses or structures.  If a property is rezoned, the existing use does not change. The zoning map is a tool that aligns with a vision plan, which includes the community’s vision for future growth.  The zoning map is a tool to align with that vision and regulate uses in order to develop the community in a pattern that benefits the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

Am I Being Annexed into the Corporate Limits of Bessemer City?

A zoning map does not indicate annexation of property.  Cities do not have the authority to annex property without the request of the property owner.  Zoning and the extension of the City’s corporate limits (City Limits) are two different things.  Cities, like Bessemer City, have what’s called an Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).  This is an area outside of City Limits where the City regulates land use and zoning.  More about ETJs can be found here.

How Can I Participate?

We encourage citizens to review the information on this page and participate in our Zoning Districts Survey.

How Our New Zoning Districts Will Work

What We Want to Avoid As A Community- Urban Sprawl


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