In my community there is a push by a group of influential individuals that want to create an overlay district to govern how a certain area that they live in will develop. It is not zoned uniquely, but it has become an exclusive enclave in the community.
There are some remaining underdeveloped tracts in the area. This group of property owners wants to formalize the area's "character" by creating an overlay that would, in effect, ratchet up standards to "protect the character" of the area. Basically they want to increase minimum lot sizes, house sizes, building materials, etc.
I am not a "nazi, socialist planner" by any means, but I have a difficult time justifying using regulations in this way.
I am trying to convey to my council that overlay districts are generally for geographic areas that have legitimate unique circumstances (such as groundwater recharge areas, water supply watersheds, historic downtowns, etc.) and not to preserve an exclusive (ie wealthy) character.
Any ammunition that I can use to defend by position?