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2010 Lewes Zoning Code Update -- An Overview


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This is an introduction to the proposed update of the City of Lewes Zoning Code. A companion commentary can be found at

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2010 Lewes Zoning Code Update -- An Overview

  1. 1. Lewes Zoning Code Update Mike Mahaffie Chair, Lewes Planning Commission May 10, 2010
  2. 2. Process <ul><li>Comprehensive Plan Update </li></ul><ul><li>This draft of the zoning code </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Commission public hearing (5/25/10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review by city solicitor and UD planning consultant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Draft submitted to Mayor & Council </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PLUS Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mayor and Council public hearing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final zoning code </li></ul>
  3. 3. (Almost) A Complete Rewrite <ul><li>New organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use regulations table </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dimensional regulations table </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. (Almost) A Complete Rewrite <ul><li>New organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use regulations table </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dimensional regulations table </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complete rewrite of zoning districts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Now 12 districts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some things are essentially the same </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historic district </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental protection regulations </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. The Zoning Districts <ul><li>Open Space </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Residential Zones </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Residential Zones </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rising in density from Suburban to Mixed Residential </li></ul></ul>
  6. 9. Open Space Zone (OS) Both land and water Preserve lands and link with nature Provide for public recreation Parks and privately-conserved
  7. 10. Industrial Zone (I) Very limited in Lewes Provide for some light manufacturing
  8. 11. General Commercial Zone (GC) A variety of commercial goods and services Also somewhat limited
  9. 12. Marine Commercial Zone (MC) Lewes' connection to the sea Mixed retail and residential tied to water Headboats, restaurants, hotels, etc.
  10. 13. Town Center Zone (TC) Central commercial, residential & cultural core Connection between commerce & residential Shops, restaurants, banks, post office... “ Busy days and quiet nights”
  11. 14. Community Facilities Zone (CF) Community facilities and services Schools, university campus, hospital...
  12. 15. Limited Commercial Zone (LC) Transition between commercial & residential Offices adjacent to residential Savannah Road as “medical row”
  13. 16. Non-Residential Zones
  14. 17. Suburban Zone (R-1) Lower density, outer edge of the city Mostly single-family detached Child care or home-based business (CU) 20,000 square foot lots
  15. 18. Res. Low-Density Zone (R-2) Low-density, outside of center Similar to former “outer ring” Single-family detached, churches 10,000 square foot lots
  16. 19. Residential Beach Zone (R-3) “ Lewes Beach” style of residential Attached & detached residential Churches, clubs (SE), child care (CU) 5,000 square foot lots
  17. 20. Res. Medium-Density Zone (R-4) Residential adjacent to town center Similar to “old town” Attached, detached, 2-family residential 5,000 square foot lots Burton subdivision (4,000 sq. ft)
  18. 21. Mixed Residential Zone (R-5) Mix of housing types, including multi-family Child-care and home-based business (CU) Range of lot sizes (1,500 to 10,000 sq. ft)
  19. 22. Residential Zones
  20. 24. Review The Draft <ul><li>The draft ordinance and map are available in City Hall, at the Library and online </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-line in PDF format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Acrobat Reader ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For ease of on-screen browsing </li></ul>
  21. 25. Take Part in the Hearing <ul><li>Tuesday, May 25 </li></ul><ul><li>7:00 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>City Hall </li></ul>