what is an overlay district?
An overlay district is a zoning tool used to establish land development standards that are placed ‘over’ the current base zoning district. It allows for standards that are stricter than the base zoning. While an overlay district establishes limits, its purpose is to ensure that design decisions complement each other and contribute to creating the quality of place envisioned in the plan.
what are the benefits?
There are several benefits to overlay districts which include:
what are the differences between design standards and guidelines?
Design standards are specific development controls that govern quantitative and measurable design objectives, such as the placement and height of buildings, or the dimensions and lighting of signs. They are expressed with terms like “shall” and “must,” and are described in tables and diagrams to show precise dimensions or fixed limits within which a proposed design must fall.
Design guidelines provide direction on more subjective or qualitative design objectives, such as the architectural character or buildings, material and colors. Guidelines are open to interpretation and admit a variety of solutions that support the general design intent of the overlay district. They are expressed with terms like “should” and “encouraged,” and are illustrated with examples from other communities.
how does an overlay district apply to properties?
In general, the standards outlined in the overlay district would only apply to new development. Existing properties are not impacted unless significant redevelopment of the property takes place, such as an increase in building square footage, or an increase in assessed value.
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what is the intent of the Chelsea highway 280 overlay district?
The intent of the proposed Chelsea Highway 280 Overlay District is to create a more uniform and aesthetically pleasing appearance along the corridor. It is to prevent the undesirable consequences of poorly managed growth and design decisions.
what are the elements within the Chelsea highway 280 overlay district?
Want TO LEARN MORE?
Check out this article by 280 Living that further describes the intent of the Highway 280 Overlay District.