City may allow downtown to look like downtown

April 29, 2008 at 7:16 am 1 comment

This is great news: Revamp of zoning in works — City wants to ease the rules for downtown development

The city hopes to rezone much of the downtown into this district, or a slightly less dense variation, and away from other commercial and industrial zoning.

The rules are more conducive to a downtown, (city planner Sherese Fortriede) said, because they ease parking restrictions and allow for multiple uses. They also allow buildings to be closer to the street, creating more of a dense urban feel. But the rules aren’t perfect, which is why the city also plans to take a closer look at its zoning laws. For example, Fortriede said the city probably shouldn’t allow anyone to just build more surface parking lots downtown when there is already ample parking.


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  • 1. Scott Bryson  |  April 29, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I just hope they zone out drive up and follow their own design guidelines.


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