Zoning a la carte

Hutton, David H.
January 2006
Planning;Jan2006, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p30
Trade Publication
The article focuses on making zoning more predictable in the city of Leander, Texas, while increasing land-use flexibility to increase marketability. How should land-use controls be used and how can contradictory goals be accommodated, were issues that were studied. The idea of composite zoning that is, zoning districts with just one component, describing use, site and architectural characteristics was derived. The result is a more predictable end product, one that offers more flexibility. The composite zoning ordinance applies to the parts of the city not covered by the transit-oriented development district standards. Whether accessory dwellings are permitted or not, can be determined by site components in combination with residential components. The process of creating a composite zoning district is like creating a planned unit development from component parts. A new urbanistic thinking influences the philosophy behind Leander's new code. Composite zoning is not a new construct. The village of Euclid, Ohio was where originally composite zoning ordinance worked by including six districts.


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