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    Commercial overlay PUD

    The Planning Commission has been presented an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance for a Commercial PUD overlay.

    What are your positive and negative experiences, and what pitfalls do we need to look out for?

    Our CPUD has three components:
    1. A Use Restrictions section.
    2. A Site Plan section.
    3. An Architectural Guidelines section.

    The main advantage I see is that while it allows the developer to maximize the use of his land, it provides an opportunity for the city to manage a control of design elements that it has not had before. Further, it makes this control of design legal in that the developer does not have to accept it. He can go back to the underlying Commercial Zone criteria if he thinks he is being abused.

    Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally posted by Streck
    The Planning Commission has been presented an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance for a Commercial PUD overlay.

    What are your positive and negative experiences, and what pitfalls do we need to look out for?

    Our CPUD has three components:
    1. A Use Restrictions section.
    2. A Site Plan section.
    3. An Architectural Guidelines section.

    The main advantage I see is that while it allows the developer to maximize the use of his land, it provides an opportunity for the city to manage a control of design elements that it has not had before. Further, it makes this control of design legal in that the developer does not have to accept it. He can go back to the underlying Commercial Zone criteria if he thinks he is being abused.

    Thoughts?
    This sounds like a good idea, but couldn't you just change your PUD code? Or would this be for a specific geographic area?

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    Yes, we could just change our PUD code, but the PUD code calls for 25% open space. The CPUD does not.

    The CPUD code calls for the three elements, one of which gives the city enormous design control. The existing PUD code does not - not sure it is wanted by the city in the residential sector.

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    Quote Originally posted by Streck
    Yes, we could just change our PUD code, but the PUD code calls for 25% open space. The CPUD does not.

    The CPUD code calls for the three elements, one of which gives the city enormous design control. The existing PUD code does not - not sure it is wanted by the city in the residential sector.
    Best of luck with this. I'm actually a bit envious of you because my city's PUD code basically says, "build as dreadful of a project as you want so long as you build a big enough wall around yourself and plant some trees".

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