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City of Midland. Northside Downtown District. Project Overview. Need to study the “Near Neighborhood” or Northside Downtown area: Transitional residential area Contributes to overall downtown vitality Overlay Advisory Committee established City is considering an Overlay District

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    1. City of Midland Northside Downtown District

    2. ProjectOverview Need to study the “Near Neighborhood” or Northside Downtown area: Transitional residential area Contributes to overall downtown vitality Overlay Advisory Committee established City is considering an Overlay District LSL Planning suggests a Form-Based Code may be the best approach DDA Plan

    3. Project Tasks Project kickoff with City Assess the district & determine desired building form Develop the regulating plan & 3-D model Develop draft of overlay district standards Review draft(s) with Overlay Advisory Committee & Planning Commission Planning Commission public hearing Revise draft and finalize overlay district Forward overlay district to City Council for adoption

    4. Form-Based Codes Form-Based Code Overlays provide the benefit of: • Maintainingexisting character, historical quality • Improvingcharacter and function of a district or neighborhood • Transforming a community’s image

    5. Additional FBC Benefits Can be used to implement a specific vision Shift focus from zoning compliance to development quality Include the public realm Support historic preservation and complementary infill Can speed development review Result in better quality urban environments Form-Based Code Overlays:

    6. Form-Based v. Traditional Zoning

    7. Elements of a Form-Based Code Regulating Plan Designates areas where different standards apply Building, Public Space & Street Standards District Graphics: Show where buildings should be placed District Text: • Purpose and Intent • Districts • Regulations by District - Site & building placement; Building elements; Signs; Parking; Lighting; Landscaping; Uses • Administrative Departures

    8. How Are They Implemented? Basic Steps to Developing a Form-Based Code: Commit to developing better places Determine the appropriate type of code desired (district-based, overlay, optional codes, etc.) Evaluate the district to determine which types of building forms should be maintained and which should be transformed into more desirable forms (this often includes public input) Describe the characteristics of the district, and document details to create a pattern Develop code regulations that match the desired forms