The goals for the PR District are to maintain and preserve the walkable neighborhoods surrounding the downtown by allowing limited types of small businesses and more diverse housing options. Property owners would have more flexibility when using their property; local entrepreneurs would have expanded opportunity to start a business; and residents would have additional walkable destinations in their neighborhoods. In addition, this zoning district more accurately reflects the existing built environment (i.e.: setbacks and lot sizes), essentially legalizing the current conditions and decreasing legal nonconforming situations.
The Zoning Code update puts the City’s planning documents into action. Community input resulted in the policies being proposed in the new code and for the revised PR District.
The 2014 Future Land Use Plan called for “traditional residential (w/retail permissions)” in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown. The Future Land Use Plan and the 2018 Community Action Plan (PDF) called for expanded housing options in neighborhoods adjacent to downtown.