How are the Zoning and Subdivision Codes Changing?

It’s important to note that many current Zoning and Subdivision Code provisions are carried forward in the revised codes. Existing text is reorganized and updated for clarity where needed. Each draft subchapter includes footnotes throughout the document that indicate where current provisions are carried forward, as well as where new standards are proposed.

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Announcements + Updates

February 22, 2022: 

The York County Council voted unanimously to adopt the new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, as well as the revised Land Development Manual, at its meeting on February 21st. The amendments incorporated into the adoption motions will be included in the updated final versions of the documents and posted in the Document Center section of the website shortly. 


 February 15, 2022: 

The Third Reading drafts of the Zoning Code, Land Development Code, and Land Development Manual are now available in the Document Center section of the website. The York County Council will be holding the Third Reading on the proposed ordinances at 6pm on Monday February 21st at the York County Government Complex located at 6 South Congress Street in York. 


February 2, 2022: 

The updated Public Hearing drafts of the Zoning Code, Land Development Code, and Land Development Manual are now available in the Document Center section of the website. 


January 13, 2022: 

The York County Council has established a schedule for the final approval process for the proposed Zoning and Land Development Codes. The Council is currently scheduled to hold the Second Reading on January 18th, followed by the Public Hearing on February 7th, and the Third Reading on February 21st. These actions are all scheduled to occur during regulalry scheduled Council meetings at the York County Government Complex in York. 


December 21, 2021: 

The York County Council passed the first reading of the draft Zoning and Land Development Codes at their regular meeting on December 20th. At the meeting, they also set a workshop on the draft codes to be held on January 11th at the Heckle Complex in Rock Hill. 


December 1, 2021: 

The First Reading drafts of the  Zoning and Land Development Codes, as well as the proposed Land Development Manual are now available to download on the Document Center section of the website.

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What is Recode York County?

Recode York County is an initiative to review, update, and realign York County's Zoning and Subdivision Codes to better reflect the current and future development context in the county. The revised land use and development ordinances will be updated to implement the policies and goals of 2035 York Forward, the County's adopted Comprehensive Plan, as well as associated small area plans.

Other goals of the process include: 

  • Modernizing the Codes to incorporate current best practices
  • Making the Codes more user-friendly, with additional graphics and a more intuitive organizational structure
  • Improving consistency between the Codes and related County ordinances, standards and regulations
  • Enhance the predictability of development outcomes
  • Permit flexibility, where appropriate
  • Eliminate barriers to development that is consistent with adopted plans

The process is being led by the York County Planning & Development Services Department, with oversight by the York County Council and the York County Planning Commission. The public, and all interested stakeholders, will have opportunities throughout the process, which is scheduled to conclude by December 2021, to provide input into the code rewrite and review and comment on draft regulations. Project updates, work products and notices for public meetings will be posted on this website, as well as the Recode York County Facebook page.

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