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Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone (NC): Procedures

Preparation of a Neighborhood Conservation Plan

Prior to the City Plan Commission's consideration of a proposed Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone, a neighborhood conservation plan shall be completed by neighborhood property owners, the Department of City Development or both neighborhood property owners and the Department of City Development, and shall include the following:

  • A statement of purpose and an explanation of how the criteria are met.
  • An ordinance and map indicating the boundaries of all lots in the proposed Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone and the base zoning districts contained within the proposed overlay zone.
  • A neighborhood conservation plan consisting of a map and such other textual and graphic material as may be necessary to indicate land uses, building types and features, site development requirements, signing, circulation, off-street parking and modifications to base district standards.
 

Plan Criteria

The neighborhood conservation plan shall demonstrate that the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Distinctive building features, such as period of construction, style, size, scale, detailing, mass, color and material.
  • Distinctive features or articles associated with the streetscape, such as light fixtures and devices, signs, benches, curb markers, kiosks and bollards.
  • Distinctive site planning and natural features, such as lot platting, street layout, setbacks, alleyways, sidewalks, creekbeds, parks and gardens.
  • Distinctive land uses or land use patterns, such as mixed or unique uses or activities, not permitted by base district without modification.
     

Creation

Creation of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone shall be by amendment to the zoning map and shall include Common Council approval of a neighborhood conservation plan at the same time the map amendment is adopted. The plan shall establish standards and conditions for development consistent with the purposes of the plan and may include changes in land use controls and development standards.

 

Zoning Map Designator

Each Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone shall be shown on the zoning map by an "NC" designator and an appropriate number.

     

Limitation on Permit Issuance

No building or grading permit for a project within a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone shall be issued unless the use, alteration or construction meets NC standards. Before applying for a permit, applicants must obtain a Conservation District Review Certificate (CDRC)