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When and how will zoning be determined?

Beginning this summer, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will review the zoning for all properties for which a Comprehensive Plan map change is proposed, to determine what the appropriate corresponding zone should be. In most cases, proposed zones will correspond directly with the proposed Comprehensive Plan designations. There may be situations where a different zone is proposed, however. For example, if the long term vision for an area is for a particular level of development, but the current levels of infrastructure (incomplete sidewalks, etc.) are not yet able to support that level of development, there may be a different (lower intensity) zone proposed for the near term.

There may be additional areas where the Comprehensive Plan map is not changing that will be considered for a zone change. For example, if current zoning is R5, and the current Comprehensive Plan designation is R2.5, and there is sufficient infrastructure in place to support an R2.5 density, the zoning could be changed to R2.5 to match the current Comprehensive Plan designation.

For all Mixed Use designations, a new set of zones will be developed through the Mixed Use Zones Project. New mixed use zones will generally correspond with existing commercial/mixed use zones. Property owners and other individuals and organizations will be invited to actively participate in all phases of the zoning update. There will be numerous opportunities to provide input before a proposal is prepared and published for public review in spring 2015.