Road Nodal Development Overlay
Overlay Boundary and Purpose
In 2003, the City Council supported the application of a “Nodal Development Overlay” zone to part of the lower River Road area. The overlay zone is shown in gray, surrounded by the red line, in the drawing to the right. Changes were also made to the Metro Plan to reflect that this area is designated for nodal (now called "mixed-use") development. These changes were supported by the River Road Community Organization (though we argued for some boundary adjustments).
The Nodal Development designation was intended to encourage higher density and pedestrian-friendly mixed use development, and also to protect the area from incompatible development until more detailed planning for mixed use and higher density development could be completed. The more detailed planning is now underway through the Rasor MUC planning process.
What Does the Overlay Require?
For commercial-zoned properties within the overlay zone, the following requirements apply to any new construction, or expansion of 30% or more of the existing building square footage:
Building setbacks must be a maximum of 15 feet from the street, and auto parking, driving and manuevering areas are not permitted between the building and street.
Overall, the overlay is intended to achieve an average residential density of 12 units per acre within the zone.
* Existing businesses are not affected by these requirements unless they undertake major (>30%) expansion.
**Floor Area Ratio is a measure of development density. A FAR of 1.0 means that buildings must fill their entire site, or build up to achieve the same floor area they would if they filled the site.