The Mixed Use Zones Project is focused on revising the city’s Commercial and Central Employment (EX) zones that are applied outside the Central City, and will help implement the “Centers and Corridors” concept that is emerging in the Comprehensive Plan Update planning process. A 28-member project advisory committee, representing a variety of professional, neighborhood, business and other community perspectives, has been formed to provide advice and feedback to project staff. BPS Director Susan Anderson welcomed the group at their first meeting on February 19, where they heard a briefing on the project purpose and goals, and an overview of key project milestones and public involvement events planned for Spring 2014. The advisory committee will meet monthly for about a year. Check the BPS calendar for meeting times and locations.
The Institutional Zoning Project Advisory Committee’s February 13 meeting began with a discussion of equity and how to avoid planning decisions that can adversely affect vulnerable communities. The committee then discussed existing conditions for 15 institutional campuses (hospitals, colleges and universities) that are subject to conditional use, conditional use master plan or impact mitigation plan requirements. The committee began work on developing alternative approaches to zoning and neighborhood mitigation options. The next advisory committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 10; check the BPS calendar for details and to confirm.
Other Early Implementation projects gearing up include the Transportation System Plan, the Community Involvement Program, the Industrial and Employment Land Supply Project, Inter-Governmental Agreements and Housekeeping Amendments. Look for more information about these projects in future Comprehensive Plan Update.