Friday, July 5, 2013

Two Uptown development control districts extended through May 2014

Two Interim Development Control (IDC) Overlay Districts in the Uptown neighborhoods have been extended an additional nine months, providing for additional scrutiny of new development, property alterations, or demolitions while development studies continue.

IDC No. 71, CUF Neighborhood Business District, has been extended in order for the CUF Neighborhood Association and Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation to preserve the neighborhood's character while they study the implementation of form-based codes.

The boundaries of the IDC also been amended to include the vacated Deaconess Hospital property at Clifton Avenue and Straight Street, which has been proposed for redevelopment as high-density student housing, and to exclude the Mad Frog property on the southeast corner of Vine and McMillan streets, which is technically located in Mount Auburn.

IDC No. 72, Uptown District, has been extended to allow for the completion of the MLK Strategic Planning Analysis, which is a study of land use and zoning along Martin Luther King Drive and Reading Road being undertaken by the City, Avondale Community Council, Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation, and Uptown Consortium in anticipation of a new I-71/Martin Luther King Drive interchange.

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.

Establishments typically considered include pawn shops, jewelry or gold exchange stores, video stores, novelty stores, tobacco stores, liquor stores, check cashing shops, bail bonds, convenience markets, commissaries, massage parlors, bingo parlors, pool rooms, and sexually-oriented businesses.

Both IDCs were set to expire on August 3, but will now expire on May 9, 2014.

Previous reading on BC:
City adopts form-based codes, form over function (5/28/13)
Development controls established in two Uptown districts (4/29/13)
MLK interchange wins $5M; Public meetings set (4/1/13)
Planning Commission to consider finalized form-based code Mar. 7 (2/25/13)
Four neighborhoods, four days: Form-based code workshop moves to community level (10/26/12)