Map for Mobile & Unified Development Ordinance, Mobile, AL.



Mobile is a historic, lively port city on Alabama’s Gulf Coast with a long history. The city’s leadership embarked on a citywide comprehensive planning process to unify the smaller, individual planning efforts that had been underway in the recent past and to create a unified vision for the city. The result was Map for Mobile, the city’s comprehensive plan, that was drafted and adopted through a community-driven process and offers a vision for preservation, revitalization, and growth. With this plan in place, the city began the Zoning Ordinance Update to implement the ideas contained in the Comprehensive Plan by bringing the city’s outdated land development regulations and zoning code up-to-date and in line with the new plan.


The updated zoning code is a unified development code with a simplified, easier-to-understand format combining the best elements of a form-based code with more traditional zoning standards. This composite code encourages the creation of new mixed-use, walkable places as identified in the Comprehensive Plan, while also accommodating the auto-oriented and industrial portions of the city, which do not always fit neatly within a standard form-based code. This composite code illustrates the diversity of place and building types throughout the city with a series of diagrams, images, and corresponding tables to provide visual guidance and to clarify the physical form each place and building type will take.


Status: Jason King, leading the Dover, Kohl & Partners Team, with Smith & White as the prime, have drafted the new code which is now under review by the city. Jason King and his team have since provided support for the creation of illustrations and the review of code updates.

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