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Zoning Can we talk about mixed-use zoning?

SlaveToTheGrind

Cyburbian
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We have a mixed-use zone which allows planned development of commercial and residential. However, this is not true mixed-use. As an example, a preliminary plat was just approved which had 100% commercial on one side of the city road and 100% residential on the other. I think we can all agree that this is not mixed-use by any stretch of the imagination but totally meets the mixed-use zone standards. Some on the council do not like this zone so I need to bring it back to them for a discussion. What is your jurisdiction's definition of mixed-use and how do you implement your version?
 

Faust_Motel

Cyburbian
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30
I have mixed use zones where some amount of residential is near-mandatory, and I have mixed use zones that can be 100% commercial or 100% residential. So- the zone is mixed -use, but not the project itself sometimes. I don't have any zones where any amount of commercial is mandatory, but I do have one where "big box" commercial requires a "wrap" of smaller stores or residential around the box.
 

CityWoke

Member
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The way I see it, not all buildings in a mixed-use development need to be mixed. HOWEVER, the flexibility in heights, setbacks, etc. should ONLY be for mixed-use buildings. Our mixed use zonings are only planned developments, so while we would allow exclusively commercial buildings in a mixed used PD, they aren't able to take advantage of the maximum height in the district unless it is a mixed-use building.
 
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