Gateway Mixed Use Zoning Amendments

In November 2016, the City’s Housing Committee issued a report, which the City Council adopted, recommending zoning amendments to increase the supply and diversity of housing stock in the City. The recommendations identified three initial areas of focus: 1) along the Lafayette Rd commercial corridor and sites along Route 1 Bypass and Outer Market St; 2) both sides of Mirona Rd; 3) the I-95 Exit 7 Area.

The Housing Committee’s report identified a number of general recommendations for each of these areas including allowing an appropriate mix of residential uses, encouraging a mix of land uses, and providing incentives for workforce housing. In addition, the Committee also recommended that any zoning amendments include standards for the design and scale of new development in these areas.

Working with independent planning consultant, Ted Brovitz, the Planning Department prepared proposed zoning amendments that responded to the Housing Committee’s recommendation. Primarily, the proposed amendments included the creation of new zoning districts that apply formed-based zoning principles similar to what was recently adopted for the Character Districts for the Downtown and West End.

On June 5, 2017 the City Council voted to refer the proposed amendments to the Planning Board for review and recommendation. The Planning Board public input and review process consisted of work sessions, a survey, and public hearings. On September 21, 2017, the Planning Board voted to recommend that the City Council enact the proposed amendments to Articles 4, 5A, and 7 and to adopt a new Article 5B Gateway Mixed Use Zoning Districts (as amended based on discussion by Planning Board) to City Council for approval.





Project Schedule

June 5, 2017 City Council vote to refer the proposed amendments to the Planning Board for review and recommendation
June 22, 2017

Planning Board work session on first draft of proposed amendments

July 27, 2017

Planning Board work session with property owners and developers -

August 17, 2017


Planning Board Work Session

August 24, 2017

Planning Board public hearing

September 12, 2017

Planning Board Public Hearing (continued from August 24, 2017)

September 21, 2017

Planning Board Meeting

October 2, 2017

City Council Vote to Schedule First Reading

October 16, 2017

City Council First Reading

November 20, 2017

City Council Second Reading and Public Hearing

December 4, 2017 City Council Second Reading (continued) and Third Reading