Do you believe these standards provide a reasonable transition between downtown commercial properties and single family homes? If not, how would you add to or revise them?
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The City Commission appointed the 11 member Zoning Ordinance Revision Task Force (ZTF) to recommend changes to the zoning ordinance as part of the ongoing implementation of the 2010 Strategic Plan. The plan can be found at www.decaturnext.com. The ZTF has spent the past year considering several tasks from the Strategic Plan and they are ready to make a recommendation.
They would like your input on the following recommendation:
"The Zoning Task Force is currently proposing a collection of mitigating requirements that balance the concerns of neighboring residents with the existing development rights of the property owner. The proposal establishes development standards such as a 45 degree height limiting plane and 30 foot buffers. It also converts supplemental design standards found in Section 10.18.2 of the zoning ordinance, such as streetscape design, building design and the screening of parking into legally-binding development standards consistent with standards found in comparable cities with comparable development goals."
In recent decades, Decatur has used buffers and height limits to transition between existing single-family neighborhoods and new developments in existing commercial and mixed-use zoning districts. These have focused on separating such areas, rather than unifying them. As an alternative, new design techniques should be explored to provide appropriate connection between new development and existing neighborhoods, such as improved architectural design, scale and massing and landscaping.
While the city does not anticipate rezoning properties from residential to commercial uses, there are several vacant commercial properties that will most likely be developed in the next 5-10 years. When downtown residential buildings are developed adjacent to existing R60 neighbors, special care must be taken to manage the transition between the two.
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