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September 22, 2014


The Zoning Commission will deliberate on Zoning Regulations Review (ZRR) Case No. 08-06A on the nights of October 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. Each night will start at 6:00 pm and will continue until the Commission decides to recess.

Night 1: Monday, Octboer 6, 2014, @ 6:00 p.m. - 1393rd Meeting Session (18th of 2014)

Code Structure and Zone Names
  • Use of subtitles and general organization
  • Zone Name Changes, except keeping the R-1-A, R-1-B, R-2 and R-3
  • New Subtitle that contains the Commercial and Mixed Use zones
  • New Subtitle for the Neighborhood Commercial Overlays as new Zones (with same boundaries, development standards*, uses and limitations)

  • Definitions since setdown

Uses and Use Groups
  • Special Exceptions and Variances
  • Home Occupations

Administrative Chapters – BZA and ZC
  • General issues including notice and time by which agency reports are due
  • Party Status
  • Zoning Administrator's Authority

Vesting and Effective Date

Night 2: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, @ 6:00 p.m. – 1394th Meeting Session (19th of 2014)

Residential Development Standards* and Uses
  • Yards – measuring from property line inward versus outward from building
  • Height
  • Maintain heights and stories
  • Building Height Measuring Point
  • Roof Structures
  • Allow infill construction on lots of non-conforming area subject to meeting all other development standards*
  • Require minimum lot area only for the creation of new lots

Corner Stores
  • Allow corner stores in the R-3 and R-4 zones
  • Allow only a corner grocery store as a matter of right subject to conditions
  • Allow other corner stores by special exception
  • Require special exception for Beer/Wine sales

Accessory Apartments
  • Within the main house as a matter of right or special exception
  • Within an existing accessory building as a matter of right or special exception
  • Within an accessory building by new construction as a matter of right or special exception
  • Allow the accessory apartment to have balconies and roof decks within an accessory building
  • Eliminate minimum lot size
  • Reduce minimum house size
  • Allow 20-foot/2 story height for accessory apartments in accessory buildings in all zones, not just the current R-1-A/B
  • Placement of accessory buildings on lot, within side and rear yard
  • Access requirements from side yard
  • Number of Occupants: limit total number of persons per lot or limit total number of persons per apartment

Alley Lots
  • Development standards*
  • Alley width requirement of 24-foot minimum, narrower by special exception
  • Allow matter of right development on alleys less than 24 feet in width if within 300 feet of a public street
  • Permitted Uses: matter of right and special exception

RF Zones
  • Create new Flat zones, establish number of units per building

Night 3: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, @ 6:00 p.m. – 1395th Meeting Session (20th of 2014)

Subtitle C – General Rules
  • Subdivision
  • Roof Structures
  • Front Build-to Lines
  • Tree Protection
  • Green Area Ratio

  • Establish new minimums
  • Allow 50% reduction of new minimums as a matter of right:
  • Within ½ mile of Fixed Rail station; ¼ mile of street car; or
  • Within ¼ mile of Priority Bus Corridor
  • Maintain existing minimum standards for:
  • SF dwellings, except where there is no alley;
  • Private schools and Universities; and
  • Places of Worship
  • Require mitigation requirements:
  • Threshold at 1.5 or 2 times the minimum required with trigger at 20 spaces
  • Permit, don't require Car share use to meet requirments
    • Car Share requirements and permissions
    • Permit relief by special exception
    • Off-site parking provisions
    • Shared parking provisions
    • Surface parking lot requirements
    • Car wash as accessory use

Bike Parking
  • Establish new minimum requirement for long and short term
  • Increase permitted distance from building entrance for short term spaces
  • Permit relief by special exception

  • Permit shared loading
  • Eliminate requirement for 55-foot space
  • Retain 55-foot space requirement for Grocery and Large Format Retail
  • Permit relief by special exception

Night 4: Thursday, October 9, 2014, @ 6:00 p.m. – 1396th Meeting Session (21st of 2014)

Planned Unit Developments
  • New types of modifications
  • Amenities and benefits (including public art)
  • New densities

Campus and Private School Plans
  • FAR calculation
  • Parking standards
  • Additional review requirements
  • University ownership of commercial property

  • Replacement of Diplomatic Overlay with citywide standards

Creation of New Zones – Process and Standards

Mixed Use Development Standards* (including Neighborhood Commercial Overlays)
  • Roof structures
  • Courtyards

  • Boundaries coordinated with High Density Land Use designation of Comprehensive Plan
  • Development Standards*
  • Uses and Permissions
  • Limitation of Bank Frontage
  • Housing Credits
  • Residential uses in Downtown zones

  • Expansion of Buffers from Residential Properties
  • Development Standards* and Parking
  • Include Standards of External Effects
  • Uses and Permissions, new special exception provisions

* Development Standards = Yards, Heights, Lot Occupancy FAR, Courts, GAR, Pervious Surface etc.)

― This list represents a summary of key issues for further discussion by the Zoning Commission – additional details will be provided for each topic-specific discussion. ―

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