2021-23 UDO Update


Lancaster County adopted its current Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) on November 28, 2016. Since its adoption, County staff and the development community have identified various issues within the UDO and, while some problems have been addressed during this time, many remain. Concurrently, the County will be initiating the development of a new Comprehensive Plan in FY 2021-22 and cannot wait on the development and adoption of this Comprehensive Plan to address the persisting concerns within the UDO.

Accordingly, in March 2021, Lancaster County sought out the services of a qualified professional consultant to prepare a Diagnosis/Assessment Report of its current UDO and to assist with the subsequent update of the UDO based upon the Report. 

The County envisions this as a two-phase project. Phase One  (completed) consisted of developing the Diagnosis/Assessment Report. a copy of the completed Assessment Report may be viewed using the link below.

Phase Two (ongoing) consists of the preparation of the UDO update based upon the recommendations within the Assessment Report, modified by a list of specific corrections provided by County staff.  In light of the technical nature of this project, a stakeholder committee has been formed to obtain feedback from a broad cross-section of the community, including Chamber of Commerce, Planning Commission, citizen groups, developers, design professionals, and others.  The UDO rewrite will be organized into four modules that each contain multiple UDO chapters.

Below are links to key work products, and a list of upcoming public meetings.


           Lancaster County UDO Assessment  (August 26, 2021)


UDO Update Timeline
(Revised as of August 2022)

Module One Public Review Draft (December 21, 2022)

Prior Public Meetings:
Upcoming Public Meetings:  To Be Announced