Downtown Design Standard Overlay

Downtown Glenwood has faced significant change, prompting a three-year effort by City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission to address public concerns to preserve downtown's vibrancy. The outcome of this work is to create a Downtown Design Overlay. The Overlay intends to encourage pedestrian-friendly businesses and service character in the central core to support a lively and bustling street atmosphere. The overlay accomplishes this by requiring active ground-floor uses with an emphasis on walkability. 

Where have we been?

On September 21, 2023, the City Council approved the first reading of the Downtown Design Overlay. In order for this overlay to be implemented it will need to be passed on a Second Reading by City Council. 

What was approved on 1st Reading on September 21, 2023?

Please click here to see the boundary and code language approved on 1st Reading. This can not be implemented unless it is approved on Second Reading.

Where are we going?

The Second Reading of the Downtown Design Overlay will be on October 26, 2023. The Second Reading will occur during City Council evening meeting starting at 6:15 pm. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a design overlay district?    

An overlay district, sometimes known as an overlay zone, is a geographic zoning district layered on top of another existing zoning district, or districts, that implements additional regulations. This would be part of the City's development code. Like other zoning regulations, overlay districts can control building codes and urban design, permitted land use, density, and other factors. 

Why is this being considered and what are the goals? 

The idea of adding a downtown design overlay district is to put policy in place to promote downtown vibrancy. This includes enhancing the pedestrian-oriented business and service character in the central core to support an active, vibrant street life. 

Who might it apply to? 

Generally, this would be applied upon development applications submitted to the City after the final ordinance is adopted by City Council. Part of the community conversation is to discuss what kinds of development applications would trigger overlay requirements. For example, this could include any of the following: redevelopment, remodels, change of use, or others. 

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