[ This section summarizes the changes to the code that make it easier to use and understand. ]
MORE FLEXIBLE USE CATEGORIES
The current code attempts to list all permitted and prohibited uses, a nearly impossible task. The new code will list broad generic categories of uses rather than trying to identify specific individual uses. This will allow the code to stay relevant as new uses evolve.
GALLERY AND LIVE-WORK SPACES
A new mixed-use category for industrial buildings will allow for the creative and flexible reuse of older industrial buildings. This will allow light industrial uses to exist side-by-side with non-industrial uses, such as artist live-work, office live-work and gallery spaces.
OFFICE AND INDUSTRIAL PARKS
Modern office parks, research and development facilities, and/or light industrial uses will have their own zoning district. This zone will include design standards and allow for a mix of uses in a landscaped setting, allowing jobs to locate closer to residential areas without negative impacts.
TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD)
New TOD districts will promote pedestrian friendly, mixed-use development close to existing and planned transit stations. The benefits include decreased automobile use by encouraging transit use. The code provides two levels of development – one less dense for outer areas and a higher density district for more central areas.
To protect natural resources and enhance quality of life for residents, the new code establishes an Open Space Zoning District and other environmental districts. The Open Space District permanently preserves public open space and provides for recreational opportunities.
Two new zones, designed specifically for hospital and school campuses, will encourage institutions to create formal master plans, and simplify the City’s review process when implementing these approved plans. Communities will benefit from a proactive agreement on issues that could impact adjacent neighborhoods.
MORE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
People are drawn to cities to enjoy cultural and entertainment experiences. The new zoning code facilitates small-scale live entertainment by better defining these uses and allowing them in neighborhood commercial districts, with conditions to make sure they are good neighbors to adjacent residential areas.