MIXED USE DISTRICT
The Mixed Use District Ordinance was conditionally approved by City Council on June 9, 2009. The City Council approved the Ordinance subject to future amendments as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. The draft amendments are scheduled for discussion by City Council at their meeting on August 11, 2009. Pending the outcome of that discussion an Ordinance will be drafted for Council's consideration of the amendments at a future meeting. Any person having an interest in the Mixed Use District is invited to attend the City Council Meeting or if unable to attend, submit written comments to Planning and Development Services, City of Longmont, Development Services Center, 385 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501, or to the project managers listed below. Comments submitted to Planning and Development Services prior to the public meeting will be forwarded to the the City Council.
The Mixed Use District represents an update to Longmont's Land Development Code. The amendments are intended to facilitate redevelopment opportunities associated with future transit plans, and other areas of the community targeted for redevelopment.
The district will:
Create incentives and opportunities for development and redevelopment of pedestrian friendly mixed use projects;
Build in flexibility in development standards for redevelopment and infill projects;
Include standards that address building placement, form and design, vehicle and pedestrian access, parking control, streetscape and signage design, and transition provisions to surrounding residential neighborhoods;
Create a sense of place in areas of redevelopment in conjunction with goals and policies stated in the Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan, the Midtown Redevelopment Plan, the Southwest Urban Renewal Plan and the Longmont Station/Transit Oriented Development Analysis.
The amendments were presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council, property owners, neighborhood groups, the LDDA and civic organizations. Based on direction provided by the Commission and Council and concerns expressed by other groups, staff updated and revised the amendments.
No specific areas within the City have requested or been proposed yet for rezoning to the Mixed Use District. Council may also provide direction regarding areas that they would like to consider for implementation of the district. Any areas proposed for rezoning will be subject to neighborhood meetings and public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
The Mixed Use District can only be proposed or requested as a base district or as an overlay in existing commercial, business and industrial zoning districts, or parcels designated on the Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan as commercial mixed use or industrial/economic development. No residential zoning districts or land use designations are included as areas for potential implementation of the Mixed Use District.
For more information please contact:
Brien Schumacher, Senior Planner, 303-651-8764, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Burchett, Senior Planner, 303-651-8828, or email@example.com
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City of Longmont Planning and Development Services Division
Civic Center Complex
385 Kimbark Street
Longmont, CO 80501
303-651-8330 / Fax: 303-651-8696 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org