Conservation Form District Meeting 0n September 21, 2022

Since there was some confusion among the public with the conservation form district meeting and the Development Review Overlay (DRO) initiative the first 15-20 minutes will be an informative overview regarding the DRO process and then we will proceed to the official conservation form district language meeting.

To fulfill and implement the policies of Plan 2040, the Offices of Planning and Design Services (PDS) and Advanced Planning and Sustainability are currently developing two new form districts that were contemplated during the comprehensive plan process. One of these new Form Districts is the Conservation Form District. A Form District is an area with distinct boundaries to which a set of regulations governing the pattern and form of development and redevelopment applies. Form District regulations are predominately provided for in Chapter 5 of the Land Development Code (LDC) and supplement regulations associated with Zoning Districts.

How are Form Districts Different than Zoning Districts?

Plan 2040 and the LDC provide for a distinct, two-tiered approach to planning and zoning. The approach assigns to every parcel of land both a zoning designation as well as a form-based designation. The Zoning Districts regulate permitted land uses, density, and intensity of development. The Form Districts then govern the form of development by regulating building height, setbacks, and other design elements. The premise behind Form Districts is that compatibility is often determined by the physical form and pattern of development rather than the actual use of the land. Each Form District established in the LDC represents a unique pattern of development that can be defined by physical design criteria. Since Form District regulations address issues different than the issues addressed by Zoning Districts, the two sets of regulations do not conflict with one another.

  • Conservation Form District Working Group: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 5:30 PM
    • Online Webex Meeting -
      • Event Number: 2319 669 8046
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