Would the Overlay preserve existing residential buildings?

The revised Overlay was designed to avoid confronting residential concentrations in or near the Downtown, however residential buildings would confront portions of Subarea C along Liberty and Keokuk Streets. The Overlay considered the potential for bulk/mass conflicts that could be created by new buildings that would confront residential buildings, to propose new building setback and stepback controls that would apply to any portion of a new building over 30 feet above grade. The building setback and stepback controls are illustrated in Exhibit 4.3 – New Development Confronting Residential Buildings.

A new building within the overlay would be subject to the same discretionary review process(es) otherwise required by the IZO (either Historic -SPAR if in Historic District, or Major SPAR if not), and be subject to CEQA, as new buildings are under the existing regulations.

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