Carbondale may loosen downtown zoning rules
CARBONDALE, Colorado A proposal prompted by a request from one downtown property owner to relax some of Carbondales zoning regulations, allowing for taller buildings, more residential units and less open space, is being given a public hearing.The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission will take comments on the proposal tonight at Carbondale Town Hall, but expects to continue the matter for further discussion.The proposed text amendments would affect the towns Historic Commercial Core (HCC) zone and the so-called gateway zones that border Main Street leading into downtown Carbondale from Highway 133.The public hearing is an opportunity to gather information about the future of the downtown and gateways, Carbondale Community Development Director Doug Dotson wrote in a Jan. 2 staff report.The proposed zoning amendments or possible overlay district provisions grew out of some ideas presented to the town by Golden Tree InSite Partners. Golden Tree is the recent new owner of the Town Center property, located north of Main Street along Colorado Avenue, between Sixth and Fourth streets.The site was approved for a mixed-use development under previous ownership. Two buildings, including the Thunder River Theatre, were built before the property and related development rights were sold.However, the proposals currently on the table would not be exclusive to that piece of property, Dotson said.P&Z determined that it is appropriate to initiate a discussion with the community regarding the future of the downtown and those gateways leading to the downtown, he explained.The proposed amendment to the HCC zone would increase the allowed building height from 35 feet to 42 feet, and remove the minimum lot area per residential unit.Other optional development standards being considered relate to parking requirements, including more flexibility for underground parking, and fewer requirements for landscaping.The proposed Carbondale Downtown Overlay District Proposal can be viewed online at http://www.carbondalegov.org. Tonights meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.
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