USDO Administration

Albany’s Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO) is a modernized zoning ordinance, designed to integrate land use regulations with sustainable best practices, such that, it incentivizes quality development that balances the interests of our community with protecting our natural environment. The USDO folds all past development-related regulations and overlays into one readable and user-friendly document—making it easier for property owners to pursue their project development, and for the City to undergo a less onerous review process.

Because this is not an imposing one-size-fits-all regulatory document, it is necessary to periodically review and revise the USDO in order to provide the best suited regulations for new or changing conditions, as they arise.  The process to review and amend USDO text or mapped zoning boundaries is outlined in Section 375-5(E)(24).  The Commissioner of Planning and Development is designated as the City's Chief Planning Official and Administrator of the USDO.

Existing Interpretations & Amendments
The decisions of the Chief Planning Official are subject to appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals. An applicant may request a formal written interpretation of this USDO be made by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

INT # Topic
052617.001 Building Heights; R-T Conversion Clarification
061617.002 Front Setback in R-V District
072517.003 Accessory Use Non-Conformities
100418.001 Use Classification: Para-medical Micro-Pigmentation

The Planning Board shall review the application, hold a public hearing, and make a recommendation in accordance with Section 375-5(D)(7).
Text Amendments
Topic Status                            
0001 Use Regulations Applicable to Methadone Dispensaries Council Review
0002 New Use Classification: Blood Plasma Center Council Review
0003 CUP requirement for 3-Unit Townhouses in R-T Distrct Planning Board Review
0004 Size of Signage in Residential District and Obsolete Signs Planning Board Review
0005 CUP allowance for Artisan Manufacturing in MU-NE District Planning Board Review
0006 Alteration of Boundaries of the FP-O District Planning Board Review
0007 Amendments to the USDO pursuant to the initial evaluation period established in §375-5(E)(24)(d)(i) Planning Board Review
Map Amendments
ZMA # Topic Status                            
0001 Rezone 10-15 Krank Street, 4-12 Leonard Street & 7-15 Scott Street from R-M to MU-NE
Planning Board Review
Rezone 151 & 153 Grand Street from MU-FS to LC
Planning Board Review
Reviews and Reporting

There are no updates to report at this time.

Contact Information

Chris Spencer
Chief Planning Official

Department of Planning & Development
200 Henry Johnson Blvd 
First Floor  |  Suite #3
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 465-6066
Fax: (518) 434-5294
General Email: