In May, 2016 City Council directed staff to undertake a Code amendment to address resident concerns regarding the scale of redevelopment and infill development, and the impacts of commercial uses in the Historic District, while balancing the redevelopment potential sought by the development community. Planning staff with consultant assistance has completed the initial public input phase, which identified potential modifications to the BSD Code sections as related to the Historic District. The following is a summary of the public input sessions and the next steps to bring a draft Code amendment forward to City Council for adoption.
Architectural Review Board Special Meeting
The Architectural Review Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 14th to review the first draft of the proposed requirements for the Bridge Street Code in the Historic District. The meeting included an open house to review and discuss the proposed changes followed by a formal ARB meeting to provide guidance moving forward. The boards presented at the special meeting and an overview of the proposed changes are listed below. Consensus among the members on changes to the proposal will be incorporated into a final draft document. That document will be posted on the City website and serve as the basis for a Zoning Code Amendment. As provided in the tentative calendar below, the Code text amendment and a Zoning Map amendment to create the new sub-district will be presented to the Board for review and approval, prior to submittal to the Planning and Zoning Commission for its review and approval. Then the Code and Zoning Map amendments will be submitted to City Council for review and adoption.
The proposed changes are based on stakeholder engagement to identify common themes, Staff experience in administration of the Code provisions, and the consultant’s experience writing form-based regulations for a variety of communities. The draft changes have been posted on the City website.
The draft code changes place a significant limit on the size and scale of all future development within a new sub-district (Historic Core II District). It also restricts the size and operating hours of all future eating and drinking establishments. Specifically, the changes include:
- Zoning map amendment to create a new Historic Core II District.
- Identification of the intent of and permitted uses for the Historic Core II District.
- Revisions to the building type standards for the Historic Mixed Use and Historic Cottage Commercial Buildings, including:
- A cap on building height to 2 stories for mixed use buildings along High Street.
- For mixed use and cottage buildings, heights must be reduced to 1.5 stories on the adjacent rear lanes.
- A reduction in the footprint of any individual building to 1,800 square feet to ensure scale is consistent with the existing character of the sub-district (maximum building coverage has also been reduced to 50% of a site).
- On-site parking cannot be visible from High Street; it must be located behind buildings.
- Eating and drinking establishes can only operate between 7 am and 10 pm.
- Commercial deliveries and refuse collection can only occur between 8 am and 5 pm.
- Other clarifications and clean-ups, as needed.
|BSD – Historic District Amendment Adoption|
|ARB Work Session||Proposed Amendment||ARB Review & Recommendation||PZC Review & Recommendation||City Council Adoption|
Architectural Review Board Work Session
An informal work session was held for the Architectural Review Board on March 8, 2017 to review the results of the two public input sessions. The Board reviewed the materials presented to the public and the public input that was provided at these meetings. The consultant presented the initial recommendations for the Bridge Street Code amendments within the Historic District, which was based on the input from these public input sessions. The Board discussed the proposed recommendations and provided feedback to the consultant to consider as the recommended Code language is developed. Notes of the discussion are provided for reference.
Public Workshop 2 – December 8, 2016
A second Historic Dublin Bridge Street District zoning wokrshop was held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church. A public presentation of the information and survey was provided to gain additional comments and more detailed recommendations for potential Code changes. The discussion focused on future development and zoning requirements including architectural character, design, building materials and parking within the Historic District. The presentation, survey results, and a summary of recommendations is included below.
Public Workshop 1 – October 4, 2016
The City held a public workshop on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, to receive input on future development and zoning requirements within the Historic District. The workshop was well attended by approximately 50 people including residents, business owners and land owners. The interactive workshop included four stations each addressing a different topic. Each participant was able to rotate through all four stations. A series of presentation boards were available at each station to frame the discussion and promote discussion among the participants. A summary of the comments were gathered from the workshop and are available below, along with the presentation boards for each station.
The existing character and context within the District and what participants would support regarding uses and building types with future development. Station 1 Comments
Current materials and design details (roof types, building elevations, massing, scale, amount of glass) and discuss other material and designs that should be incorporated. Station 2 Comments
Parking and the impacts of parking provisions to the area and neighborhoods. Station 3 Comments
Development character and how it fits within the context of the District and how it should transition between the existing buildings and uses. Station 4 Comments
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