Planned unit development Commercial Planned Unit Developments (CPUDs): What are your thoughts on their use?

Streck

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What are your thoughts on the use of CPUD (Commercial Planned Unit Developments) and their potential problems for a city?

Are CPUD's common?
 

arcplans

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Why would you need a planned development for a commercial complex (aside from small condos). Non-residential development should have pretty relaxed code standards to begin with to allow for maximum flexibility in design, and space planning.
 

mendelman

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Why would you need a planned development for a commercial complex (aside from small condos). Non-residential development should have pretty relaxed code standards to begin with to allow for maximum flexibility in design, and space planning.
Indeed.

Just make your straight zoning code do what you want it to do as much as possible. "PUDs" are often fraught with future amendment and enforcement problems and can easily look like contract zoning to the educated outside observer.
 

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I agree with the above; however if you work in a city that has no interest in flexible zoning, they can be a way around inflexibility - the process and criteria need to be spelled out clearly and the decision needs to be extremely specific and provide the process for any future amendments
 
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