Frequently Asked Questions

Trenton’s new Land Development Ordinance will be a key tool for implementing many of the policies contained in the recently adopted “Trenton 250″ Comprehensive Master Plan, as it will regulate the use of land and the siting and design of new structures. Effective regulations are dependent upon a careful understanding of existing patterns of land use, development, and ownership, as well as an agreement as to how the policies of the Comprehensive Plan are interpreted and applied throughout the City. Informed input of interested residents and businesses is needed, so that all points of view can be considered as the new LDO is being drafted. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

What is Zoning?

Zoning regulates what structures and land are used for, where a structure may locate on a lot, and how big that structure can be. It also regulates other elements of site development, such as accessory structures, parking, and landscape. Zoning regulations are divided into zoning districts, so that use, bulk, yard and development regulations are tailored to the character of each particular zoning district.

Why is the City Updating the LDO?

The City’s current Land Development Ordinance requires major revisions, as it contains antiquated content, inconsistent standards, and insufficient administrative guidance. In addition, many of the zoning district regulations may not relate to the current built environment in the City, creating nonconformities, or may not allow for certain forms of development that the community desires. An updated LDO can address these problems, removing unnecessary regulatory hurdles, and providing opportunities for Trenton to move toward the vision established in “Trenton 250.” In short — modernizing the LDO is a big step in helping Trenton achieve its long-term vision, and there’s no time like the present.

What is the relationship between Trenton 250 and the Land Development Ordinance?

The Trenton 250 Comprehensive Master Plan established a long-term vision for the future of the Trenton, and called for a number of new policies to move the City toward that vision. The Plan provides mapped and written policy about how land should be managed and how development should occur within the City. The new LDO will take these policies as its base, and provide a set of development regulations, generally organized by district, each containing specific regulations key to those policies. The City’s zoning map will also be updated as part of the update process, identifying the location of these districts and thereby specifying the development requirements affecting land within the City. As such, the development of Trenton’s new Land Development Ordinance is a major step in implementing the Trenton 250 Master Plan.

How Can I Get Involved?

As the project moves forward, there will be numerous opportunities to learn about the LDO update, ask questions, and provide feedback. Upcoming events will be shared on this site as they are scheduled, and you can always leave us a comment through the comment form located here.