Why not amend Chapter 12 to allow greater FAR instead of using the Overlay?

Like the proposed Overlay, amending Chapter 12 to add a process to exceed FAR (Floor to Area Ratio) would require an amendment to the General Plan to increase the FAR limit from 2.5 to 6 for all parcels classified as Mixed Use. Similar to the reasons stated in response to #9 above, applying such an exception would involve very different General Plan subareas, and be subject to a different set of conditions, goals, and policies that would require additional study to determine if the FAR or height increase was feasible or warranted and the environmental effects of the FAR or height increase.

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