While the economic benefits of future projects should an Overlay be adopted by the City are not known, the EKN Appellation Hotel application remains the primary driver for consideration of the overlay district at this time and direct economic benefits for that project specifically are more easily quantifiable. Specifically, the EKN Appellation Hotel as currently … Continued
FAQ Topic: Proposed Downtown Housing & Economic Opportunity Overlay FAQ
For new construction in the City’s South Hills or West Hills area, IZO Section 16.040.R requires a Visual Analysis for new or modified structures on hillsides or ridgelines. The visual analysis is prepared from the vantage point of an identified view platform and may be completed via one or more of the following: Photographic exhibit; … Continued
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 … Continued
New buildings developed within the Overlay would be subject to the same discretionary review process(es) otherwise required by the IZO, and be subject to CEQA, as new buildings are under the existing regulations. New buildings not within a historic district would be subject to Major SPAR. New buildings within a historic district would continue to … Continued
Petaluma’s Downtown evolved on the southwest bank of the Petaluma River from its relationship with riverfront trading, commercial and industrial uses on the northeast riverbank, and agricultural commerce. Suburbanization and auto-centric industrialization diverted development outside of the downtown area to its adjacent neighborhoods, with residential neighborhoods, commercial buildings, and business parks. The City has continued … Continued
Per IZO Section 11.035, sites and structures located in the municipal parking assessment district are exempt from the requirement to provide off-street parking facilities. The municipal parking assessment district does not include a provision to collect revenue from new uses or buildings within the district.
Traffic and parking studies have been requested. These studies will be reviewed for adequacy by City staff, including CEQA planners, prior to being made publicly available and will be fully incorporated into the project’s Planning review process.
The parking and loading standards contained in IZO Chapter 11 would not be modified by the Overlay and would continue to apply to all uses and buildings as under existing conditions.
Like the proposed Overlay, amending Chapter 12 to add a process to exceed FAR 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 … Continued
The MU2 zone applies to 3 areas of the City: 1) the downtown, excluding the downtown area that extends into the CPSP; 2) parcels abutting Petaluma Boulevard North to West Street and Petaluma Boulevard South to roughly the location of the AMF Boulevard Lanes; and 3) the Silk Mill Site, which is the current location … Continued