What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?

A Planned Unit Development (PUD) is a type of building development and also a regulatory process. As a building development, it is a designed grouping of both varied and compatible land uses, such as housing, recreation, commercial centers, and industrial parks, all within one contained development or subdivision. Unit Development (UD) as a regulatory process is a means of land regulation which promotes large scale, unified land development by means of mid-range, realistic programs in chase of physically curable, social and economic deficiencies in land and city-scapes. Where appropriate, this development control promotes:

  • A mixture of both land uses and dwelling types with at least one of the land uses being regional in nature
  • The clustering of residential land uses providing public and common open space
  • Increased administrative discretion to a local professional planning staff while setting aside present land use regulations and rigid plat approval processes
  • The enhancement of the bargaining process between the developer and government municipalities which in turn strengthens the municipality’s site plan review and control over development for potentially increased profits due to land efficiency, multiple land uses, and increased densities

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1. What is the zoning of a property?
2. What is the process to rezoning a property?
3. What is the process to obtaining a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)?
4. What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?