The direction for the Central Corridor/Traditional Neighborhood zoning study came out of the Central Corridor Development Strategy
(CCDS) and the creation of the Central Corridor Overlay District. It was determined during the CCDS process that the City's toolbox of existing zoning districts and requirements would not facilitate the type of development envisioned for University Avenue, where the goal is to have higher density development, a reduced demand for parking and more of a pedestrian- and transit-oriented environment. The zoning study was initiated by the Planning Commission resolution that also directed the development of station area plans for the stations along the University Avenue portion of the light rail line.
Central Corridor Overlay District
The Central Corridor Overlay District
was designed to provide interim requirements along the Central Corridor route until there was adequate time to undertake a more comprehensive study. The City's existing mixed use zoning districts, Traditional Neighborhood (TN) 1, 2, and 3, generally would facilitate the type of development that is desired along University Avenue. However, these districts are not a perfect fit and there is a need for some revisions to the requirements to provide better tools to facilitate the type of development envisioned in the City's adopted plans for Central Corridor. The TN districts were first added to the Zoning Code in 2004, and are used in several locations throughout the city. Given the City's six year experience with the TN districts, this study is also an opportunity to make changes to the existing regulations in these districts so they better meet the goal of facilitating good, mixed use development wherever these districts are used in the city.