Denton Code 2030 is our ongoing effort to update, revise, and rewrite the Denton Development Code, or DDC. The DDC sets the requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Denton. The update to the DDC will address a variety of issues raised in the City’s comprehensive plan, Denton Plan 2030, including a new lineup of zoning districts to facilitate implementation of the Land Use section of the Plan and updated development and design standards that address the layout, look, and feel of both new development and redevelopment.
Since the DDC outlines the rules and processes that regulate where and what type of development may occur throughout Denton, Denton Code 2030 can have a significant impact on Denton residents and businesses. As we update the DDC, we are keeping our focus on customer service. Through the DDC we are building a strong foundation for all development in Denton, including aligning the DDC with state statutes and tailoring development standards to better fit with the context and area in which the developments are occurring. We are also working to create alternatives for development, which adds more flexibility during implementation. And, we are making sure we protect existing neighborhoods and coordinate our efforts throughout Denton.
Because the DDC addresses complex and comprehensive issues and regulations, Denton Code 2030 has divided the DDC updates into three modules. Module 1 focuses on zoning districts and use regulations. This includes proposing new zoning districts, providing for general regulations within each zoning district, and describing the land use types. Module 2 addresses the administration of the DDC and specific procedures and processes. This section includes such things as non-conforming uses, enforcement provisions, and decision making authority. Module 3 focuses on development standards. This section addresses standards and regulations, such as site layout and building design, platting procedures, and specific regulations related to public improvements (roadways, water, wastewater, drainage, etc.).