City to present draft character-based zoning code on July 27


Character-Based Code Presentation and Public Comment

The City will present a draft of the proposed character-based zoning code to the public on Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The project consultant, Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative (TPUDC), will introduce the new code and kick-off a four-week period for public review and comment. The presentation will air on Channel 188 and will be available on the City’s YouTube page.

Following the presentation, a copy of the draft code will be accessible on the City’s website, and hard copies will be available at City Hall and Veterans Memorial Library. Comments on the draft code should be submitted to the City no later than Thursday, August 24, so a revised code can be prepared for adoption.

Developing the Character-Based Code

The creation of the new zoning ordinance began in September 2016 when TPUDC visited Mt. Pleasant to hear from stakeholders and community members about the current zoning regulations and the development patterns that have occurred in the City as a result. In November, the City hosted its first ever “Planapalooza.” During this four-day event, more than 300 community members participated in discussions and shared their ideas regarding City planning.

“The new code was not only specifically created for Mt. Pleasant, it was really created by Mt. Pleasant,” said Mt. Pleasant City Planner Jacob Kain. “The hundreds of residents and business owners who participated throughout this process provided the direction that has shaped the draft code. We are excited to continue moving this process forward with the introduction of the draft code to the community.”

Purpose of a Character-Based Code

The goal of a character-based code is to create a new city-wide zoning ordinance that would emphasize form and function while updating standards for development throughout the community. This type of code would preserve and enhance the unique character of Mt. Pleasant and improve walkability, bikeability and safety along roads such as Mission Street.

The formal adoption process is expected to begin in October with implementation of the new code occurring in December.

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