Planning & Community Development

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Northside Overlay District

Project Background: The City of Midland, with the financial assistance and support of the Entranceway Initiative Task Force and the Midland Area Community Foundation, is undertaking a progressive project to guide the future re-development of properties bounded by and within the E. Indian Street and W. Buttles Street corridor.

As part of this project, the City hired LSL Planning, Inc. in December 2008 to create new zoning regulations that would allow new mixed use developments and create a more pedestrian-oriented environment. The intent is to create a transitional area that provides a gateway supporting the downtown while protecting existing, surrounding properties from any potential negative impact from the re-development projects.

Toward that end, a new committee, the Northside Overlay Advisory Committee, has been created to help formulate new zoning regulations and ensure that all new re-development projects comply with these standards. Once regulations are developed, they will be brought first to the Planning Commission, then to City Council for consideration and approval.

The project strategy includes creating a new kind of development tool called a Form-Based Code Overlay Zone, which prescribes more specific and detailed development patterns to create the desired mixed use, pedestrian-oriented character. Implementing this type of code will help support historic preservation, develop a diverse neighborhood, and promote a desirable urban environment.

To learn more about this exciting new form of zoning, click on the links below:

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