posted on: 1/21/2020

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22, the City Council will vote on an ordinance to codify recent changes to the City Code, as well as a new, electronic database. The vote will follow a public hearing.

In 2017, the City Council approved a contract with General Code to conduct a comprehensive review and update of the City Code, which was previously updated and recodified in 2013. The contract included General Code’s recommended updates to all chapters of the City code, as well as a newly formatted electronic version that is easily searchable.  Currently, the Code is published as PDF files on the City’s website and as paper copies, neither of which is easily searchable.

During its review of the City Code, General Code conducted an editorial and legal analysis of the code, as well as draft versions of online code in the eCode360 format for review by the Ordinance Committee and City staff. The Ordinance Committee has been reviewing these materials since January 2019.  

Ordinance before City Council approves searchable, electronic version of City Code

posted on: 1/21/2020

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22, the City Council will vote on an ordinance to codify recent changes to the City Code, as well as a new, electronic database. The vote will follow a public hearing.

In 2017, the City Council approved a contract with General Code to conduct a comprehensive review and update of the City Code, which was previously updated and recodified in 2013. The contract included General Code’s recommended updates to all chapters of the City code, as well as a newly formatted electronic version that is easily searchable.  Currently, the Code is published as PDF files on the City’s website and as paper copies, neither of which is easily searchable.

During its review of the City Code, General Code conducted an editorial and legal analysis of the code, as well as draft versions of online code in the eCode360 format for review by the Ordinance Committee and City staff. The Ordinance Committee has been reviewing these materials since January 2019.

The ordinance before the City Council to recodify the City Code on Jan. 22 does not include substantial changes to the code, other than providing clarity of language, accurate citation of referenced state statutes, consistency of terminology, and a more accessible and searchable version of the code.

Although General Code does recommend some revisions to the City Charter, which were identified as part of the editorial and legal analysis, Charter revisions will be addressed with the establishment of a Charter Commission and a vote by the public in an upcoming municipal election. The code revisions identified by the Ordinance Committee and City staff will be addressed by a separate City Council resolution and ordinance changes.

The Jan. 22 City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The ordinance and proposed changes before the City Council can be viewed as part of the meeting agenda materials here: https://go.usa.gov/xda35.