We've been working with the community on a collaborative long-range, small-area plan for a specific group of neighborhoods. We've looked at this as one small step in a gradual and long move from Euclidean zoning to a transect-ish model. (We fully recognize it will take a very long time to do this throughout the town.)
We will present the plan for approval by the City Council next month. At that time, we'll ask that the plan replace the corresponding portion of the town's Comprehensive Plan. We've done that with other small-area plans before, and the process has been relatively smooth.
Here's the issue --
We're looking at a new zoning category. For now, let's call it SP for 'specific plan'. The idea is that the SP would become the base zone for the affected area; it would not be an overlay. (In short, SP is almost like a City-initiated PUD.) So, when John or Mary or whomever goes online to look at the zoning map and sees SP on his/her property, he/she will be directed to refer to the specific plan that governs that particular area. We're concerned, though, that--in the long run--the Comp Plan and Zoning Map will end up looking alike.
Here are my questions --
Is that something to be concerned about? Has your municipality/county tried anything like the SP zone (by whatever name)? If so, are you satisfied with the outcome? How does your Zoning Map compare now to your Comp Plan map?