Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba extends the Executive Order closing City Hall and non-essential offices effective Friday, January 22, 2021 and shall remain in effect through Friday, February 12, 2021, or until rescinded or superseded by another applicable Proclamation of Executive Order. The Department of the Municipal Clerk at City Hall will still be open to receive legal documents as well as assist TSA, passport, open records, and 2021 elections customers. 

Planning and Zoning

Types of Zoning Districts

The City is divided into several zoning districts:

  • Residential (R)
  • Commercial (C)
  • Industrial (I)
  • Mixed Use (MU)
  • Planned Unit Developments (PUD)
  • Special Use Districts (SUD)
  • Overlay Districts (OLD).

These basic districts are further divided into a variety of lower, medium, and higher density districts.

Any of these districts may be overlaid by special purpose zoning districts, which address urban and architectural design issues specifically tailored to the unique characteristics of certain neighborhoods. There are also additional standards imposed for properties within a local Historic District.

Each zoning district regulates:

  • Permitted uses
  • The placement and height of the building, which are regulated by required front, side and rear setbacks and specific height regulations
  • The maximum amount of the lot that can be covered by a building (percentage of lot coverage)
  • For residential uses, the number and type of dwelling units permitted and amount of open space required between buildings
  • The amount of parking required, and
  • Other features applicable to quality site design

Uses Permitted

The uses permitted on a property are determined by the zoning district. Each district has a list of uses permitted and this information can be found in the Official Zoning Ordinance. If you need to review only one chapter, use the links provided below.

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