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Denton Code2030: A Guide to the Future

The City has begun an initiative to rewrite the Denton Development Code (DDC). The DDC sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Denton. The update to the code will address a variety of issues raised in the comprehensive plan (Denton 2030), including a new lineup of zoning districts to facilitate implementation of the future land use map and updated development and design standards that address the layout, look, and feel of new development and redevelopment.

Project Timeline

January 2017 – Project Kickoff (completed)
Presented the scope of work to the Planning and Zoning Commission and met with the development review committee to obtain feedback on key issues with the DDC.
June 2017 – Districts and Uses
Present the new lineup of zoning districts and use regulations in the revised DDC, including an overview of the content; highlight substantive changes; and solicit feedback to address in the consolidated draft.
September 2017 – Development Standards
Present the development quality standards in the DDC (e.g., parking, landscaping, building design), including an overview of the content; highlight substantive changes; and solicit feedback to address in the consolidated draft.
December 2017 – Consolidated Draft DDC
Present the substantive changes from previous drafts and solicit additional feedback on issues to address prior to adoption.
February 2018 – DDC adoption
Multiple meetings to summarize content of the new DDC and to address any specific concerns identified by the public, appointed officials, or elected officials.


Code 101

The Denton Development Code (DDC) outlines the rules and processes that regulate where and what type of development may occur. The DDC has a significant impact on our daily life, from shaping the kinds of places we live, work, and shop, as well as influencing the design of our streets and public spaces.

Types of Zoning Codes:

  • Euclidean Zoning
    This type of zoning separates different land uses and concentrates similar land uses into distinct areas or zones. For example, single-family housing is concentrated in one area, multi-family in another, retail uses in another, and industrial uses in another.
  • Performance Zoning
    Performance zoning regulates the effects or impact of land uses on surrounding properties through performance standards. Key elements of performance zoning include number of vehicle trips, density, or noise levels.
  • Negotiated Zoning
    Negotiated zoning evolved out of the perceived rigidity of Euclidean zoning and allows landowners to vary uses and development standards in a zoning ordinance through a negotiated process. When approved, this type of zoning becomes a “mini-zoning ordinance” that regulates development of the site.
  • Form-Based Code
    Form-based codes are a zoning tool that utilize a community’s unique characteristics of walkable urban development patterns, or the existing DNA of a place, as the framework for a code to foster compatible, predictable, high-quality built results.
  • Hybrid Zoning
    The term “hybrid code” generally refers to zoning regulations that combine various aspects of all the zoning models discussed above. There are hundreds of approaches to combining different types of zoning codes. In fact, it is safe to say that no two hybrid zoning systems are the same.

"Code 101." CodeNext, City of Austin austintexas.gov/department/code-101

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