The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance creating the flexible zoning overlay with no discussion. The overlay concept is intended to encourage the development or redevelopment of infill parcels that are blighted or difficult to develop under existing zoning standards. Properties on the west end of Eisenhower, are often cited as parcels that could be redeveloped using this ordinance.
The provisions create a process for property owners/developers to establish an overlay district and district plan that would specify development standards within the district boundaries. The plans submitted by an applicant could eliminate or modify any or all existing zoning standards, including standards for landscaping, architectural design, building height, setbacks or use allowances. However, standards relating to infrastructure or safety can’t be waived or modified. The City Council will have final authority to approve overlay districts on a case-by-case basis.