Infill Advisory Group successful in making significant improvements for Infill Development
Technical Recommendations - effective January 1, 2014
These changes are intended to facilitate dense urban development along the light rail and the city's core.
- Minimized requirements for fire department access, solid waste access, public utility easements, and stormwater retention to allow maximum development on tight urban lots in the new Infill Development District.
- Removed requirements to bring existing parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks up to current code citywide.
- Removed the requirement for plant inventory and salvage in the Infill Development District.
- Streamlined the technical appeal process to provide alternatives for the unique projects that can't quite meet city code requirements. This is available for all projects citywide.
- Created an Infill Development Team to provide dedicated, expert customer assistance and to facilitate projects located in the Infill Development Area. The Team Leader will be on board by January 2014 and the rest of the team will be in place early Spring 2014.
Text Amendments - Effective January 18, 2014
- General Plan Amendment Infill Policy - Resolution R-21189 Map
The Land Use Element of the General Plan was amended to establish new infill area boundaries called the “Infill Development District” that will allow for greater focus on the city’s urban core. The area may be expanded in the future with new light rail expansion or in other special focus areas where development regulations may impact the economic viability of projects.
- Single Family Attached Development Option - Ordinance G-5874 Map
Multiple sections in the zoning ordinance were amended to provide an additional development option for property with multifamily, commercial and downtown zoning. The development option is allowed by right within the Infill Development District and with Use Permit approval within a designated area. The Single-Family Attached development option protects the integrity of the existing neighborhoods while supporting an updated subdivision design that meets the demand for an urban lifestyle. The applicable area may be expanded early next year after additional outreach and public meetings.
- Infill Parking Requirements - Ordinance G-5875
Chapter 7 of the Zoning Ordinance was amended to address parking reductions via a Use Permit and to enhance neighborhood notification of such requests. The text also established a maximum fifty percent reduction, increased the maximum distance allowed for shared parking, and established minimum lease and Use Permit revocation requirements.
Text Amendment - Effective March 28, 2014
- Expansion of Boundaries for the Single-Family (SFA) Development Option - Ordinance G-5897 and Map
The City Council approved the Single-Family Attached development option text amendment on December 18, 2013 (Ordinance G-5874). Staff was directed to consider other areas within the city that would be appropriate to allow the use of the Single-Family Attached development option. The language approved at the December 18, 2013 City Council meeting was not modified. The only change was expanding the area allowed to utilize the SFA development option.
A Phase III group is currently meeting to advise staff on the remaining items from community meetings:
- Vacant lot activation
- Pop-up parks
- Shipping containers
- Food trucks
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