Mayor and Council approve eight amendments to the Unified Development Code

Mayor and Council voted 5-0 to approve eight amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC) as part of the Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) Code Update Package following a public hearing on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.  

The approved items and their intended benefits are: 

Improve PDSD Processes

Plan Tucson Community Workshops


The City of Tucson is updating Plan Tucson, the general plan adopted by Tucson voters in 2013. This update will result in a growth plan that reflects our community’s shared goals and diverse aspirations for the next 20 years. Plan Tucson contains goals and policies that cover a wide range of topics, including housing, water, transportation, parks, community safety, and much more.

Infill Incentive District (IID) updated and renewed by Mayor and Council

On December 20, 2022, Mayor and Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Unified Development Code to update and extend the Infill Incentive District (IID) beyond its sunset date of January 31, 2023.

With a focus on incentivizing affordable housing development and continued encouragement of sustainable infill development, pedestrian-friendly, and transit-oriented neighborhoods, and protecting historic and cultural resources, the IID updates include changes to:

Special Exception Process for marijuana dispensaries approved by Mayor and Council

On December 20, 2022, Mayor and Council voted 6-1 to approve an amendment to the Unified Development Code to add a Mayor and Council Special Exception land use procedure for marijuana dispensaries wishing to locate the City. This process applies to both medical and adult-use dispensaries and also applies to relocations or certain expansions of existing dispensaries.

This decision follows nine months of stakeholder and public engagement, as well as research and review of other AZ jurisdiction policies.

Development Code Update Public Meetings scheduled

The Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is currently working on updates to improve our development codes, including the Unified Development Code, Technical Standards Manual, Administrative Manual, and other related codes and standards.

We hope you’ll join a virtual or in-person public meeting to learn about and provide feedback on potential code updates. 

Mayor and Council holding two public hearings on Infill Incentive District and marijuana dispensaries Dec. 20

Mayor and Council will hold two public hearings on December 20, 2022, related to proposed amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC) related to marijuana dispensaries and the Infill Incentive District (IID). The meeting agenda and materials, as well as instructions on how to submit comments or request to speak at the hearing, they may be located on the Mayor and Council page.

Tucson Development Center Online launching Oct. 31

The City of Tucson will launch an all-new permitting system, Tucson Development Center Online (TDC Online), on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. TDC Online replaces the current system, which has been in use since 1999.

The new permitting system is a partnership between Planning & Development Services, Tucson Fire, Tucson Water, Transportation and Mobility, and Code Enforcement. TDC Online will feature a self-service portal that provides customers with an entirely online process.

City of Tucson awarded two grants from Arizona State Historic Preservation Office to support local historic preservation efforts

The City of Tucson was recently awarded two pass-through grants from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. These grants are available to certified local governments on an annual basis to support historic preservation projects.

Barrio Kroeger Lane National Register Nomination