Is anyone having success with Controlled Overlay Use Districts?
The way it is being proposed here is that in Commerical Zoning Districts, an applicant may come in with any Site Plan for Review, and as long as the Mayor agrees and the Applicant accepts the Mayor's requirements, and they are all reduced to writing, then the Site Plan is approvable.
The Planning Commission would make its recommendations to the Board of Aldermen, who would then approve or disapprove.
The specific advantage cited is that the developer wants to develop an overall project with some business owners being able to own their own buildings on lots normally too small for the Commercial Zoning Classification in development. He also wants to gang the parking spaces into one common central area, and be able to sell off the business sites without parking spaces encumbering them.
The concept appears to do away with any zoning setbacks, minimum lot size, parking requirements, etc., and just be whatever the Developer and the Mayor want.
I see many many problems. Is there another way this should be working?