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 referred the amendment to the Ordinance Committee following a first read on August 27, 2018. The City Council Ordinance Committee reviewed it November 20, 2018 and forwarded proposed changes to the City Council for public hearing scheduled for a 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 referred the amendment to the Ordinance Committee following a first read on Septemer 7, 2018. The City Council held a public hearing on Monday, January 28, 2019 and will consider the amendment for adoption at a meeting date TBD.

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 forwarded to the City Council for public hearing and adoption at a 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-19-07 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 the draft planBTV: South End Master plan. This includes permitting banks, technical office, and R&D facilities; removing the size and geographic limitations on performing arts centers; and establishing a requirement that a majority of the gross floor area on a lot south of Home Avenue be an industrial/manufacturing/R&D/arts use. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this amendment on January 9, 2019 and referred it to the City Council for a first read at a date TBD.