Does anyone have a good example of a zoning overlay for a historic district?
We have a large (5,000+ structure) local historic district (i.e. you need permits to change your windows, etc.) originally developed about 1900-1930 - a streetcar suburb.
We are starting to see increased property values, and redevelopment of vacant lots and crappy 60's buildings. These have all been done by PUD, because most of the town is suburban in character and the current zoning reflects that. We'd like to have a code that would allow buildings to come up to the sidewalks, mixed use, etc. by right, and remove some of the hassle for homeowners whose houses don't meet the modern setbacks, etc. There is design review of new construction, so appearance, etc. has been less of an issue than good urban design.
Also, parking standards tend to be a big issue.
So, how do people handle zoning in their historic districts?