I write a bit about development projects that include zoning changes of some sort. This is mostly because those that don’t require a zoning change just file their plans and they’re off. There is no public discussion, except after, when we see the usual awfulness that we’re all left to look at.
Some, even CandysDirt.com’s editor, question me on what are seen as wildly inconsistent opinions with regard to zoning and resulting density. I thought detailing my thought process would help others in how they think about zoning issues.
Every property is zoned for something. Anything from Agriculture (AG) all the way up to the tallest skyscraper. Land within a Planned Development District (PD) also has rules for what can be built on the land. Land use within a PD may not be defined in the same language or categories as the standard zoning tables, but the documents that created them detail height, lot coverage, uses, etc.
That’s where I begin.