Downtown Incentive ZoningInternational Downtown AssociationSeptember 22, 2012Jason Wittenberg, AICP
Policy 10.1: Promote building designs and heights that enhance and complement the image and form of the Downtown skyline, provide transition to the edges of Downtown and protect the scale and quality in areas of distinctive physical or historical character. Policy 10.2: Integrate pedestrian scale design features into Downtown site and building designs and infrastructure improvements. Policy 10.3: Use skyways to connect buildings Downtown.
Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan http://www.downtownmpls.com/page/show/423275-2025-plan
The Basic Idea • Zoning bonuses allow a developer to build a project that would not normally be allowed by the city’s land use regulations in exchange for providing a something that is in the community’s interest—something the city would not otherwise require of the developer. “Incentive Zoning: Meeting Urban Design and Affordable Housing Objectives” Author: Marya Morris American Planning Association 2000
Bonuses Outside of Downtown • Mixed use • Enclosed/underground parking • Affordable housing
Downtown Bonuses (“Premiums”) ARTICLE II. FLOOR AREA RATIO PREMIUMS 549.190. Purpose. These regulations are established to promote development of exceptional quality by allowing the maximum floor area ratio of structures on a zoning lot to be increased where it is determined that the development on such zoning lot includes amenities that benefit the public and that contribute positively to the design and function of the downtown districts.
Lessons and Questions • Many of Minneapolis’ downtown bonuses have not been used thoroughly because of the timing of the ordinance • Plazas - The difficulty of getting it right • What amenities should be required rather than offered as an incentive? • For example: • Bicycle amenities • Landscaping & green infrastructure
Downtown Incentive ZoningJason WittenbergCity of MinneapolisInterim Planning Director email@example.com