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Poll results: How many overlay districts does your community have?

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    3 15.79%
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    10 52.63%
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    2 10.53%
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Thread: Overlay districts - how many do you have?

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
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    Overlay districts - how many do you have?

    Our municipality is discussing developing some overlay districts. Apparently there were some on the books years ago but they were absorbed into the new zoning ordinance that was developed about 3 years ago because people thought they were too messy.

    Now there's a new council and they want the overlays back again. And it seems there are a number of ones they would like to adopt for different reasons for different parts of town.

    This made me wonder, how many overlay districts do other communities have?
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
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    I'm working on one, the first for town.
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    We have one: base zoning is flood plain but it permits heavy industrial via with strict regulation both in terms of use and development standards. Seems to work well.

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    Cyburbian dvdneal's avatar
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    I think I'm in the same boat. My city now wants to divide the planning area in separte overlay plans, but it's not a bad idea. It gets bad when we also want to incorporate corridor plans (scenic and transit) and rural lands overlays. And still it gets worse. We now have a zoning classification to create a Planned Unit Development (PUD) that is treated as an overlay. Contract zoning for everyone!

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    Forums Administrator & Gallery Moderator NHPlanner's avatar
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    8 currently:

    2 Performance Overlays
    Airport Overlay
    Airport Noise Overlay
    Airport Approach height overlay
    Historic District
    Conservation Overlay District (wetland buffers)
    Floodplain Overlay
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    Cyburbian Rygor's avatar
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    We just have historic district overlays and one for a creekway district.

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    Cyburbian
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    We have 6:
    Airport (Airport? Come on!!)
    Commercial (no central water/sewer)
    Mining (gold)
    Septic (lots too small)
    Historic (self-evident)
    Nat. Monument (Florissant Fossil Beds)

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    Cyburbian
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    Quote Originally posted by Bim View post
    We have 6:
    Airport (Airport? Come on!!)
    Commercial (no central water/sewer)
    Mining (gold)
    Septic (lots too small)
    Historic (self-evident)
    Nat. Monument (Florissant Fossil Beds)
    The airport overlay is mandatory FAA stuff, I think. They make sense when you consider the 400' high () wind turbines that are now being built.

    Our only overlay is an airport overlay, and it covers pretty much the entire township. The inner approach zone is 3 miles from the airport, while the outer goes out to 6.32.

    At my prior job the overlays included a neighborhood office type overlay, an historical overlay (to impose increased setbacks on neighboring development), and a form based code overlay for the "downtown" area.

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    Cyburbian Otis's avatar
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    We just have one, relating to "significant natural resources," mostly wetlands, some riparian areas, and some aesthetic areas (the last all city-owned).

    Almost had a second one relating to vacation rental dwellings but it got voted down two weeks ago at the city council.

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