Unified Development Code

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On February 24, 2015, the City Council approved an update to the Unified Development Code (UDC), Engineering Design Manual and Construction Standards, Parks Development Manual and amended Sign Ordinance. Refer to the link provided for the Unified Development Code online version.

In 2018, the City adopted amendments to the Unified Development Code by updating administration, lighting, tree preservation, and nonconformity code provisions. Please note; the online version (Encode) of the Unified Development Code currently does not include all recent 2018 code amendments and their respective summaries can be found below.

What is the Unified Development Code?

The Unified Development Code (UDC) is the regulating document for development in Pflugerville. It contains zoning, site design and subdivision regulations necessary for implementing the vision of the community as reflected in the comprehensive plan.

The UDC is located within the Code of Ordinances under Title XV Land Usage and Chapter 157. It is applicable to all properties within the city limits, however, only the subdivision requirements are applicable to development in the ETJ.

 2018 Unified Development Code Amendments

 Approved Unified Development Code – adopted 2/24/2015 (All Subchapters)
 PF Zoning District and Airport Hazard Overlay District – adopted 07/10/2018
 Subchapter 12 Tree Preservation Standards – adopted 11/13/2018
 Added Subchapter 12, Appendix A - Tree Technical Manual: Standards and Specifications – adopted 11/13/2018
 Subchapter 13 Exterior Lighting Standards – adopted 11/13/2018
 Subchapter 1 General Provisions – adopted 12/11/2018
Subchapter 2 Administration – adopted 12/11/2018
 Subchapter 3 Procedures – adopted 12/11/2018
 Subchapter 8 Nonconformities – adopted 12/11/2018
 Added Appendix A of UDC: Fee Schedule – adopted 12/11/2018
 Added Appendix B of the UDC: Application Submittal & Content Requirements – adopted 12/11/2018


2018 Code Amendment Summaries

UDC, Subchapter 12 Tree Preservation Standards summary of amendments:

  • Reorganize the applicability statements for clarity. (In lieu of identifying all situations in which the subchapter applies, it now just states that it applies to the City and ETJ with the listed exceptions.)
  • Update the Protected Tree Classifications
  • Modified Class 4 “Tree with DBH 25 inches or more” - Not a heritage tree
  • Added Class 5 - Heritage Tree of 25 + inches now Class 5 with specific tree species.
  • Add Heritage Tree Species (Mostly hardwood trees)
  • Add critical root zone (CRZ) protection fencing specificity and limitations consistent with Tree Technical Manual
  • Add grade changes near CRZ consistent with the Tree Technical Manual.
  • Add the Tree Technical Manual as Appendix A of Subchapter 12 of the UDC.
  • Re-organized for ease of use
  • Added an Appendix C for Tree Protection Construction Details and Notes
  • Updated Protected Tree Classifications
  • Tree Survey: All trees (regardless of tree species) 8 inches or greater must be shown on survey
  • Updated/Refined/Clarified-Tree Protection Fencing Requirements
  • Updated/Refined/Clarified-Tree Protection Fencing Requirements
  • Tree Pruning and Surgery - Shall be performed by or under the supervision of a certified Arborist (Commercial properties)
  • Clarified Maximum Pruning Standards (e.g. “Thinning”, “Raising”, and “Reduction”)
  • Refined and added definitions - added Administrator and City Forester

UDC, Subchapter 13 Lighting Standards summary of amendments:

  • Prohibit High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) light sources
  • Remove the minimum light levels for walkways, landscape or decorative lighting; reduce average light levels.

UDC, Subchapter 1 General Provisions summary of amendments:

  • Removed sequence of permit section (relocated in Subchapter 3)
  • Modified the violations section
  • Replaced the penalty section with new section entitled “Enforcement” which includes enforcement and administrative actions.
  • Added a stringency clause where if the Code imposes greater restrictions different than those imposed by another law, the more restrictive provision shall control.

UDC, Subchapter 2 Administration summary of amendments:

  • Added Fee Schedule provisions – Appendix A reference
  • Updated Commission and Board powers and duties in accordance with new City Charter provisions (Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • P&Z – now waivers greater than 20% from the minimum applies to all zoning districts, not just corridor for Subchapter 9, 10, and 11
  • Updated Capital Improvement Advisory Committee composition and term to be more consistent with State law.
  • Added City Manager power and duties associated with the acceptance of easements by separate instrument, when in conjunction with development review process.
  • Relocated Floodplain management responsibilities from Building Official to Development Engineering Director.
  • Separated City Engineer and Development Engineering Director responsibilities
  • Updated City Forester delegation of authority – In absence of City Forester, the Planning Director shall enforce tree preservation standards through the development process. (Subchapter 12 and Tree Technical Manual)
  • Updated the Supplemental Schedule Provisions – to be more of a guiding document.
  • Fee Schedule and Application Submittal and Content requirements shall be adopted by ordinance, and included as Appendix A and B within the UDC.

UDC, Subchapter 3 Procedures summary of amendments:

  • PAC – applicant must submit request form no less than 3 days prior to requested date.
  • Updated all references to UDC Supplemental Schedule to include references to Appendix A and B of the UDC, respectively.
  • Added section related to applicant resubmittal requirements
  • Now provides for consistent expired application provisions
  • Clarified public hearing notice publication for replats in accordance with State law.
  • Added SUP expiration provisions (2 year expiration if site does not received a site development permit)
  • Added specific expiration for site disturbance permit of 60 days after approval.
  • Added a section related to the submittal of a traffic impact analysis. (Reference mostly)
  • Modified appeal provisions.

UDC, Subchapter 8 Nonconformities summary of amendments:

  • Adding a provision relating the property owner’s responsibility to proving a legal nonconformity.
  • Updated provisions relating to newly annexed territory consistent with State law.
  • Add a vested rights section.
  • Modified provisions relating to the continuation of a legal nonconforming site.

[Added] Appendix A of UDC: Fee Schedule summary of amendments:

  • Added a separate traffic impact analysis review fee.
  • Added a text amendment application fee for applicant initiated code amendment requests.
  • Modified the Board of Adjustment application fee to cover public hearing notice requirements.

[Added] Appendix B of UDC: Application Submittal and Content Requirements summary of amendments:

  • Electronic review provisions for most application types.

Comments and/or questions may be sent to the Planning Department at planning@pflugervilletx.gov.



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