So, what’s a Planned Development?

A Planned Development is a type of zoning district that can accommodate associated land uses in an integrated, cohesive development.  It’s a type of zoning district that may be used to permit new or innovative concepts in land use that are not otherwise permitted through the existing zoning district.  For example, a Planned Development (PD) can be used to create a mixed-use development or shopping center.  Greater flexibility in development can be provided through a PD.  While greater flexibility can be given, there are procedures in the Town’s Zoning Ordinance that provides requirements for establishing new Planned Developments or for amending existing ones.  One of these requirements is that an applicant has to submit a concept development plan to establish a PD.  The design guidelines will help the applicant understand what the community’s expectations are for land use and design when developing the concept plan.  The guidelines will also help to guide Town decision-making when reviewing Planned Development requests and associated concept plans.

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1. Why is the Town creating design guidelines for the Tollway?
2. What are design guidelines?
3. How will this document be used?
4. So, what’s a Planned Development?
5. Why should it matter to me?
6. How do I view the Zoning Ordinance?