Monday, April 29, 2013

Development controls established in two Uptown districts

On April 10, the City of Cincinnati created two new Interim Development Control (IDC) Overlay Districts to facilitate ongoing studies of development in the Uptown neighborhoods.

IDCs, as established in Section 1431-01 of the City's zoning code, temporarily regulate the establishment of uses, construction of new buildings, and demolition or alteration of existing structures in areas where the adoption of amendments to the zoning code have been proposed in a plan approved by the City Planning Commission. Any changes within the IDC are subject to review by Department of City Planning and Buildings staff and the City Planning Commission before permits can be issued.

IDC No. 71, the CUF Neighborhood Business District, was requested by the CUF Neighborhood Association due to concerns over the recent spike in large scale development proposals. The IDC will allow the neighborhood to preserve the character of its business district while it explores the establishment of form-based codes.

In Avondale, IDC No. 72 Uptown District, will allow the City and Uptown Consortium to continue its MLK Strategic Planning Analysis in anticipation of a future highway interchange at I-71 and Martin Luther King Drive. In addition to Uptown Consortium, the Avondale Community Council and Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation requested the IDC as a protection against possible incompatible development.

Both IDCs will go into effect on May 10 and last for 90 days, after which each can be renewed for an additional nine months.

Previous reading on BC:
Planning Commission Friday: IDCs, Music Hall, St. Leger Apartments (4/4/13)
MLK interchange wins $5M; Public meetings set (4/1/13)
Planning Commission to consider finalized form-based code Mar. 7 (2/25/13)
$2.5M bond package to further Madisonville redevelopment plans (12/27/12)
Four neighborhoods, four days: Form-based code workshop moves to community level (10/26/12)