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Zoning Districts

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Local Business Districts

These districts provide a wide range of goods and services to a large consumer population coming from an extensive area.  Within these districts, moto-vehicle-related activities are of major significance.  Good access by motor vehicle or public transit is important to local business districts, which are often located adjacent to intersections of major thoroughfares and in close proximity to bus transfer locations.
  Local Business 3 (LB3)
The LB3 district is the most urban and is characterized by design standards appropriate for neighborhood commercial hubs, centers, corridors and transit-oriented development areas that have a denser level of development and may have taller buildings, all of which promote compact, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods.
  Local Business 2 (LB2)
The development pattern in the LB2 district tends to be more urban than the LB1 district, with smaller lots and smaller setbacks.
  Local Business 1 (LB1)
The LB1 district is characterized by a more suburban development pattern, with larger lots and deeper setbacks.


Industrial Districts

  Industrial Mixed (IM)
This district is intended to provide for the orderly conversion of certain older industrial and warehousing areas with multi-story buildings to residential, commercial or office uses for which the buildings, at the present time, may be better suited.  These areas have an urban character.  Buildings were typically built without setbacks or yards and often with little or no off-street parking.


Downtown Districts

Neighborhood Retail (C9C)
The neighborhood retail district is designed and intended as a convenience shopping district serving surrounding residential neighborhoods.
Major Retail (C9E)
The major retail district is designed and intended to be a highly active, intensely developed regional shopping district featuring both convenience and shopper's retail goods and services.
Office and Service (C9F)
The office and service district is designed and intended to serve both as a retail trade and a personal and business services district, as well as a major center of office commercial activities.
Mixed Activity (C9G)
The mixed activity district is designed and intended to permit a wide range of retail, service, light manufacturing, warehousing and residential uses.  Because of their operational characteristics, many of the uses allowed in the mixed activity district should be relegated to the peripheral portions of the downtown district.



Residential Districts

Multi-Family Residential Districts (RM1-RM2)
The purpose of the RM1-RM2 districts is to promote, preserve and protect neighborhoods intended primarily for low-to medium-density multi-family uses with a more suburban character.  These districts require larger lots, larger setbacks and a smaller lot coverage than the RM3 district.  The neighborhoods found in these districts feature a regular platting pattern and a more uniform pattern of development than those of the RM3 district.
Multi-Family Residential Districts (RM3)
The purpose of the RM3 district is to promote, preserve, and protect neighborhoods intended pimarily for medium-density residential uses with an urban character.  This district, much like the RM4-RM7 districts, allows smaller lots, smaller setbacks and higher lot coverage than the RM1-RM2 districts.  However, the neighborhoods in this district were platted and developed, in large part, in the early 1900s and tend to be more uniform and of a lower density than those of the RM4-RM7 districts.  This district also allows traditional corner commercial establishments commonly found in urban neighborhoods.
Multi-Family Residential Districts (RM4-RM7)
The purpose of the RM4-RM7 districts is to promote, perserve and protect neighborhoods intended primarily for high-density multi-family residential uses.  These districts allow a wide range of lot sizes, smaller setbacks, and a high percentage of lot coverage.  They also allow neighborhood-serving commercial establishments commonly found in urban neighborhoods.


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