Department of Planning & Zoning

Proposed Amendments Before the City Council

Proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Development Ordinance (CDO) that are currently before the City Council are listed below.

Proposed amendments are first considered by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission then votes whether to send the proposed amendment as is, or in revised form, to the City Council. The City Council then votes whether to adopt the Planning Commission's proposed amendment, or a revised form.

Final adopted versions are shown in Recently Adopted Amendments until they are incorporated into the text of the Comprehensive Development Ordinance itself.


ZA-18-08 Form District 5 Boundaries: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to modify the boundaries of Form District 5 to include additional properties located along the boundary of the current district. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this proposed amendment on June 12, 2018. The City Council Ordinance Committee reviewed it November 20, 2018 and forwarded proposed changes to the City Council for public hearing. The Council Ordinance Committee will discuss this amendment again prior to a hearing at a meeting on date TBD.

ZA-19-02 Delete provision for additional unit for multifamily in RL: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to delete Sec. 4.4.5 (d) 5 A, Additional Unit to Multifamily.  This provision enabled 1 additional dwelling unit for existing multifamily homes in the RL zones. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on August 28, 2018. The City Council will hold a public hearing and consider the amendment for adoption during its regular meeting on June 17, 2019, which begins at 7pm in Contois Auditorium. 

ZA-19-03 Parking Amendments: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to establish a parking standard for Art Studios and to revise the standard for daycares/preschools. It also expands utilization of tandem parking for residential uses and clarifies the front yard parking standard. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on August 28, 2018. The City Council referred the amendment to the Ordinance Committee following a first read on Septemer 7, 2018. The City Council Ordinance Committee reviewed it November 20, 2018 and made additional changes. The Ordinance Committee will discuss this amendment again prior to referring to City Council for public hearing at a meeting on date TBD.

ZA-19-04 Trees, Junkyards, and Cross Reference Correction: The purpose of this proposed amendment reorganizes the tree cutting standards.  No new or different standards are proposed.  The proposed amendment also defines "junkyard" and modifies "automobile/vehicle salvage yard" definition and prohibits both in all zoning districts.  The proposed amendment also corrects the cross reference to Part 5 in Sec. 6.2.2 (p). The Planning Commission held a public hearing this amendment on May 28, 2019 and referred it to the City Council for a first read at date TBD. 

ZA-19-06 Article 7 Signs: The purpose of this proposed amendment is a comprehensive update to the city's sign regulations in an effort to create a more prescriptive and objective series of sign types by which to regulate the dimensions, number, size, location, lighting, and general design of each type, and thereby assure content neutrality. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this amendment on November 27, 2018 and referred it to the City Council for a first read at a date TBD.

ZA-19-07A Commerical Uses in the EL-M: The purpose of the proposed amendment is to permit additional commercial uses in certain parts of the E-LM zoning district consistent with the vision for the South End articulated in planBTV: South End Master Plan. This includes creating definitions for Industrial and Art Production, expanding the geographic and size limit for Performing Arts Centers within the E-LM zone south of Home Avenue, creating new R&D and Technical Office uses, and establishing a requirement that limits the gross floor area (GFA) of uses not related to Industrial and/or Art Production uses on a lot south of Home Avenue to 49%. The City Council will hold a public hearing and consider the amendment for adoption during its regular meeting on June 17, 2019, which begins at 7pm in Contois Auditorium. 

ZA-19-07B Commercial Uses in the EL-M (Banks): The purpose of the proposed amendment is to permit additional commercial uses in the E-LM zoning district--specifically to allow banks in the district as a use that supports and is complementary to a number of other uses that are located in the evolving South End district. The City Council will hold a public hearing and consider the amendment for adoption during its regular meeting on June 17, 2019, which begins at 7pm in Contois Auditorium.