Zoning Changes Proposed in Council Bill 161003

January 3, 2017

The zoning changes proposed in Council Bill 161003, a 40 page bill with a range of proposed changes, are summarized below. 


Read Council Bill 161003

Omnibus Fact Sheet


Key points in proposed Bill 161003:

  • Density and height bonuses 

    • Deed restrictions to monitor maintenance of items awarding bonuses

    • Deed restriction for public space to be for the life of the building

    • Approval and deed restriction at zoning approval, not C of O

    • PCPC must review design of public space prior to issuance of zoning permit

    • Criteria for affordable housing bonus defined in more detail

    • Housing affordability provision to last for 15 years

    • Payment in lieu of on-site affordable units defined

    • Retail space qualifying use to carry 15 year deed restriction

  • Fresh food markets 

    • Requiring 15 year deed restriction 

  • Definitions of CMX 2.0, 2.5 and RM 4 zoning designations 

    • Unit counts in CMX 2.5

    • Dimensional standards in RM 4

  • Primary frontages and setbacks 

    • Lots on multiple street frontages

    • Irregularly shaped lots

    • To maintain primary objectives of street build-to lines and setbacks

  • Accessory parking 

    • Restrictions on parking in RSA-5, RM-1, CMX 2.0 and CMX 2.5 to require access from shared driveway, alley or rear street

    • Prohibiting parking between the building line and the street line

    • In CMX 3: access restrictions and requirement for Special Exception

    • In RMX 3, CMX 4, CMX 5: Special Exception required, except for underground parking garages

  • Loading space requirements 

    • In response to smaller building and smaller sites where full sized tractor-trailer trucks were not the size used for deliveries and servicing


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