Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Minimum zoning standards for DT

  1. #1
    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
    Registered
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    3,179

    Minimum zoning standards for DT

    Anyone have examples of a zoning ordinance that use minimum height standards for downtowns?

    We're looking at doing this in Coldwater. Our DT is about 6 blocks in size, and primarily have 2 story buildings with a few 3 stories thrown in.

  2. #2
    Cyburbian Jeff's avatar
    Registered
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Mr. Cool Ice
    Posts
    4,161
    Damn lots of them. How low do you want the buildings to be. You need to be sure to match the height restrictions with fire/bldg codes in the area.

    You're max height should not be more than 10' less than the height of the ladder truck your fire department uses, unless you have a bldg code which requires stanpipes above 3 stories or so.

  3. #3
    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
    Registered
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    3,179
    The intent is to prevent one story infill development between 2 or 3 story buildings.

  4. #4
    Cyburbian SGB's avatar
    Registered
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve
    Posts
    3,387
    I'm not really sure why you need example codes.

    You know what you want to accomplish - just add the minimum building height requirement to your area requirements table.

  5. #5
    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Registered
    Sep 2001
    Location
    skating on thin ice
    Posts
    6,959
    May need some wordsmithing,

    Minimum height of new buildings, as viewed from the street, shall not be lower then the existing height of the adjacent building with the lowest height.

    The face of the front facade of the building shall contain an amount of usable openings (ie windows) in an amount equal to the propoportion of opeings on the adjacent buildings.

    The reason for the second clause is to prevent someone from "wrecking" the flow and pattern of second and third storey windows by erecting a blank wall.

    It is slow here today, I'll do some hunting for you.

    EDIT - cleaned up some typos, sorry.
    Last edited by donk; 14 Feb 2003 at 12:34 PM.

  6. #6
    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
    Registered
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    3,179
    Awww! Thanks Donk

    We don't have a requirement table, so it's not that easy... we're kind of behind the times.

  7. #7
    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Registered
    Sep 2001
    Location
    skating on thin ice
    Posts
    6,959
    Can't tell that I think about this stuff frequently.

    I may have to include a section like this in our By-law during teh next round of revisions.

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Replies: 2
    Last post: 23 Jun 2011, 3:46 PM
  2. Minimum zoning district size
    Land Use and Zoning
    Replies: 4
    Last post: 25 Jan 2008, 9:24 AM
  3. Lighting Minimum lighting standards?
    Land Use and Zoning
    Replies: 1
    Last post: 02 Nov 2005, 11:31 AM
  4. Replies: 1
    Last post: 04 Feb 2003, 2:18 PM
  5. Replies: 1
    Last post: 28 Jan 2003, 5:33 PM