Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This week our group will be meeting in the Old Cloverdale neighborhood at the Atlantic & Pacific Development (A&P). The A&P is a mixed use area and was developed by the same group which is developing our semester parcel. Featured at the A&P are a mix of shops, offices, lofts, and detached cottages. We will be bringing a copy of all of the local historic regulations which affect the development.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cupola Variance

This week our class will request a variance. Specifically, we will be requesting a height variance because we are planning to build a cupola on a two story building. A variance request is not submitted to the Planning Commission, as was the case for a rezoning request. The variance request must be submitted to a different government entity. Check back with us and we will have more information on the exact procedure for requesting a variance.


Last week our class submitted a rezoning request to the Planning Commission. Previously, the semester parcel was zoned as Institutional. We requested the parcel be rezoned to a B-1-a zone, which allows for mixed use including offices, residential, retail, and commercial uses.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rezoning Request

This week our group will request a rezoning for our Semester Parcel. Right now, the parcel is zoned as B-1-a, which allows for a variety of buildings. The process required for a rezoning includes:
1) submitting a request in writing to the Planning Controls Division, which includes the legal description, fee, site plan, current zoning of property and what you want to rezone the property to;
2) After the request is submitted, there is a public hearing before the Planning Commission. If the request is recommended for approval by the Planning Commission, it will go to the City Council.
3) A hearing is held before the City Council, who has final authority on all rezoning requests.
* If a request is denied by the Planning Commission, you must appeal the decision to the City Council.

This process takes approximately 3 1/2 - 4 months.