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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    May 2003
    Staff meeting

    Do your commercial districts permit mixed use?

    I ask, as a simple survey:

    Where I work, we allow residential above the first floor in 4 of our 5 commercial districts. In three of them, the density requirements (expressed as min. lot area per unit) are as follows:
    • 3,500 sqft per 2-bd or less unit
    • 4,500 sqft per 3-bd unit
    • 5,000 sqft per 4-bd unit
    In our CBD district we require:
    • 300 sqft per 1-bd or less unit
    • 400 sqft per 2-bd unit
    • 500 sqft per 3-bd or more unit
    Outside of the downtown though, really no developers have taken advantage of the permitted mixed use, which is kind of a shame.

    What does your municipality permit?
    Last edited by mendelman; 30 Jan 2007 at 1:09 PM.
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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Emerald Coast
    All four of our commercial zones allow as a matter of right all types of residential uses with densities ranging from 8 to 25 units per acre.

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    Cyburbian Fat Cat's avatar
    Nov 2006
    Rockwood, MI

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    I have written both mixed use and mixed use overlays for cities that I have worked for and as a consultant. Some were in CBDs and some were not. The densities have varied depending on a lot of factors. Although all residential units including those in the CBD had a higher square footages per unit.

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    Aug 2005
    Funky Town, CO.
    We allow mixed uses (residential & commerical) in a single building in our multi-family zone and in our commercial zones. The commericial uses in the multi-family zone are limited to offices, personal services, art studios and child care facilities.

    This option has only been used in our CBD, around our university and in our hispanic neighborhoods. Developers have not taken to the trend in the newer parts of town.

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    We encourage a mix of uses/densities as part of a PUD. Residential requires a special use/ exception, with approval needed from the BZA. Industrial uses are limited to the industrial zoning districts.
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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Sep 1999
    400 miles from Orlando
    Straight commercial districts permit associated residential if it's, say, an owner's apartment, above or behind the business. A row of shops with condos above would have to go thru as a Planned Unit Development.

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    Cyburbian Jess's avatar
    Jul 2006
    Tip of the Iceberg
    YES. Sort of mixed commercial-residential-office condos in CBD.
    In the 2nd ring of the CBD, there's this retail shophouses 2-3 storeys in clusters of which lower floor as commercial and residential on the upper. Some who works in the urban centers whose primary residence is far from the urban core are renting those residential units in the upper floors of their office condos.

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