Zoning Ordinance

The following Zoning Ordinance has been adopted by City Council and became effective June 16, 2021.   

Zoning Ordinance with amendments through April 2023
Mobile Food Vending Ordinance (effective 04/05/2024) 
Zoning Map

The new Ordinance provides many new opportunities for residents, developers, and businesses. Some of the more impactful changes in the new Ordinance include:

  • The implementation of a new form-based code to provide development standards with greater consideration for the form of the building and how it interacts with the public realm
  • The addition of Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) or the permissible use of accessory structures as dwelling units, to create new housing options and increase density
  • New provisions to support Economy-Efficient Dwellings (EEDs),  known to many as “tiny homes,” to provide another creative housing option that meets modern day needs
  • New standards for cluster developments to grant a density bonus for developments that preserve open space
The City of Chelsea Department of Planning and Zoning will provide assistance to residents navigating these recent updates. Please contact Planning Department at planning@city-chelsea.org or (734) 475-1771 ext. 210 with any questions.