Following multiple discussions with neighborhood residents, the development community, and city leadership about ensuring neighborhood development is compatible with existing neighborhood character as the urban core expands, Planning and Development Services has identified a number of specific areas where rezones would be appropriate to support the city’s efforts. In general, areas zoned C-2 (General Commercial), particularly along major corridors and in close proximity to adjacent residential neighborhoods, were considered top priorities for rezoning.
In an effort to enhance the expanding downtown core in West Downtown along State Street and Main Street, Planning and Development Services identified PC (Pedestrian Commerical) zoning as an appropriate alternative to the existing C-2 zoning in these areas. Changing zoning in these areas from C-2 to PC would deter new developments that are not as compatible with the residential character. For example, the proposed rezoning would inhibit auto-centric uses such as vehicle sales lots, car washes, and vehicle repair businesses that are not as conducive to a vibrant downtown that is walkable, bikeable and activity-oriented.
Modifications to the PC zone regarding allowed uses and dimensional standards also seemed appropriate to ensure a more neighborhood-friendly transition occurs from the major roadway into residential areas. In addition to prohibiting auto-centric uses such as drive-throughs and fueling centers, then, the new PC zone would allow for the development of higher-density residential projects. It is also important to note that any existing uses that would not be allowed in the new PC zoning would be "grandfathered" and allowed to remain. The more significant changes to the PC zone include modification of the dimension standards for development adjacent to single-family residences and zoning districts, including across alleyways.