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Downtown Developer Toolkit



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This phase includes all the important work that needs to take place to ready a site for vertical development:

Planning Permits/Process

Planning Department has reorganized city code and streamlined entitlement processes to stimulate infill development:

  • The comprehensive update of Planning and Development Code has included the following:
    • Housing allowed by right in commercial zones
    • Mixed use allowed by right in commercial and multi-unit dwelling zones
    • Increased heights and densities
    • Variances replaced with director level deviations
    • Reduced commission level review, increased staff-level approval
    • Information on consistency in the interpretation and implementation of policies, building codes and design review
  • Planning Entitlement Application
  • For project specific-assistance from a planner or a pre-application meeting, email

Building Permits

Building Department has streamlined numerous permitting processes and efficiencies to facilitate development:

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Downtown Developer Toolkit