Codes and Ordinances

Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Draft

Prepared by St. Louis County - Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have become an important component of the housing stock in many communities—both large and small—in the United States. Noted ADU programs include Portland, OR, Santa Cruz and Chula Vista, CA, Seattle, WA, Lexington, MA, and Aspen, CO. By providing housing on existing lots in developed neighborhoods, ADUs are a form of land use that makes good use of land and public infrastructure investment. 

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Alternative Energy Ordinance Draft

Prepared by St. Louis County - As of late 2009, 14 cities in the St. Louis metropolitan region have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Twelve cities in the St. Louis metropolitan area have also joined Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Program, encouraging local leaders and residents to utilize clean energy solutions thus reducing energy usage. Establishing regulations that make it easy for residents to choose alternative, clean energy sources such as wind and solar

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Complete Streets Ordinance - Clayton

The Clayton Complete Streets Policy is based on the ten elements that the National Complete Streets Coalition has determined should be part of an ”ideal” Complete Streets policy. The ten elements refine the vision, provide clear direction and intent, are adaptable to a community’s needs, and grant the flexibility in design and approach necessary to secure an effective Complete Streets process and outcome. The Clayton Complete Streets Policy echoes these ideals.

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Delmar-ForestPark-DeBaliviere Form Based District

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Form-Based Development Standards Draft

Prepared by St. Louis County - Communities around the country are increasingly realizing the benefits of more closely coordinated policies for land use and transportation. A compact development pattern that reduces automobile reliance in favor of walking or public transportation has benefits both in terms of greenhouse gas reductions and public health benefits. Many Midwestern communities have followed the traditional growth model in which local governments

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Landscaping and Green Infrastructure Ordinance

Prepared by St. Louis County - The reduced use of automobiles and the proximity of homes, work, and play to one another in compact development patterns are not the only methods of creating a more sustainable environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Trees and green spaces can also play an important role in sustainable design while enhancing community livability.

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Lighting Ordinance

Prepared by St. Louis County - One of the major sources of consumption of electricity is outdoor lighting. Lighting was estimated to have consumed about 11 percent of the total electrical demand by the nation’s residential sector in 2007. While indoor lighting makes up the bulk of this usage, outdoor lighting still represents a substantial amount. And large commercial establishments like shopping centers use huge amounts of electricity to light parking lots and other outdoor

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Parking Ordinance

Prepared by St. Louis County - Low-density development patterns and automobile dependence are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. In general, transportation sources contribute to about a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. ( In a calculation based on 2008 statistics, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) accounted for approximately 39 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in St. Louis County. (St. Louis County Green and Growing). Overall emissions are

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Sustainable Development Code Assessment: How-to Manual

Prepared by St. Louis County - The Sustainable Subdivision and Zoning Ordinance Revisions project was designed to make St. Louis County a more sustainable and energy efficient place to live, play, and do business, supporting the goals of the county’s 2010 Green and Growing Initiative. The sustainable ordinance revisions are updates and additions to the county’s land development regulations that have been created to promote sustainable development in St. Louis

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Sustainable Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance: Diagnosis Report

Prepared by St. Louis County - Alternative energy production and energy conservation have been at the forefront of conversations in many communities in recent years as concern about the dependence of the country and many local economies on fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas, has grown.  The U.S. Department of Energy reports that more than 85 percent of the energy consumed in the United States comes from fossil fuels. This includes nearly two‐thirds of our

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