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The Land Development Ordinance seeks to implement the policy recommendations of the Salisbury Vision 2020 Comprehensive Plan as adopted by the Salisbury City Council on March 20, 2001. This document establishes the collective vision of how the citizens of Salisbury would like to have their city look and function by the year 2020.

To this end, this Ordinance embodies the principle of “Sustainable Growth.” Very simply, this means that the City seeks to accommodate and maintain population growth and economic expansion using coordinated planning and design. This principle fosters the philosophy that each development decision represents an investment in the long-term viability of the City. Thus, the commitment on the part of the City to improve, extend, and maintain public infrastructure must be coupled with a similar commitment to quality investment in all building and development.​

LDO Stress Test Analysis

In response to a lack of investment and development activity within the City of Salisbury, the City Council tasked the Planning and Zoning Commission to 1) evaluate the City’s development requirements contained in its Land Development Ordinance (LDO) to determine if its standards discouraged investment and development in the City and 2) compare City standards and procedures with those of other jurisdictions in the region to see whether Salisbury requirements were more or less restrictive (and investment possibly being siphoned off to other jurisdictions).

N-Focus, Inc. was retained by the Community Planning Services Department in July 2019 to prepare the analysis on behalf of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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