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Mixed Use

 

What areas hold this designation and where are they likely to be located?


Mixed Use areas are centers within the PSA where higher density development, redevelopment, and/or a broader spectrum of land uses are encouraged. Mixed Use areas located at or near interstate interchanges and the intersections of major thoroughfares are intended to maximize the economic development potential of these areas by providing areas primarily for more intensive commercial, office, and limited industrial purposes. The other Mixed Use areas are intended to provide flexibility in design and land uses in order to protect and enhance the character of the area.


Special considerations


Mixed use developments require nearby police and fire protection, arterial road access, access to public utilities, large sites, environmental features such as soils and topography suitable for intense development, and proximity or easy access to large population centers.  Master Plans, if not required, are encouraged to assist in the consideration of mixed use development proposals. The consideration of development proposals in mixed use areas should focus on the development potential of a given area compared to the area's infrastructure and the relation of the proposal to the existing and proposed mix of land uses and their development impacts.


Timing and Intensity of Development


The timing and intensity of commercial development at a particular site are controlled by the maintenance of an acceptable level of service for roads and other public services, the availability and capacity of public utilities, and the resulting mix of uses in a particular area.


Suggested uses


Moderate to high density residential uses with a maximum gross density of 18 dwelling units per acre could be encouraged in mixed use areas where such development would complement and be harmonious with existing and potential development.  In order to encourage higher quality design, a residential development of this gross density is not recommended unless it offers particular public benefits to the community. Examples of such benefits include mixed-cost housing, affordable housing, unusual environmental protection, or development that adheres to the principles of open space development design. Pedestrian-oriented urban design configurations are strongly encouraged.

 

Moderate Density Residential


What areas hold this designation and where are they likely to be located?


Moderate density areas are residential developments or land suitable for such developments with a minimum gross density of 4 dwelling units per acre and up to a maximum of 12 dwelling units per acre, depending on the character and density of surrounding development, physical attributes of the property, buffers, and the degree to which the development is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The location criteria for moderate density residential require that these developments be located in the PSA where utilities are available. Optimum sites are near the intersections of collector streets, have natural characteristics such as terrain and soils suitable for compact residential development, and provide sufficient buffering so that the higher density development is compatible with nearby development and the natural and wooded character of the County. These Moderate Density Residential areas may serve as transitional uses, primarily to neighborhood commercial, general commercial or mixed use areas.


Special considerations


In order to encourage higher quality design, a residential development of this gross density is not recommended unless it offers particular public benefits to the community.  Examples of such benefits include mixed-cost housing, affordable housing, unusual environmental protection, or development that adheres to the principles of open space development design.


Timing and intensity of development


Timing and density of the development of particular moderate density sites will depend upon the capacity of public utilities and the maintenance of an acceptable level of service for roads and other public services. The timing and density of development may also be conditioned on the provision of least cost housing or the provision of open space.


Suggested uses


Suggested land uses include townhouses, apartments, attached cluster housing, recreation areas, and manufactured home parks and subdivisions in accordance with location standards. Moderate Density Residential may also include very limited commercial and community-oriented facilities generally intended to serve and support the residential community in which they are located. These very limited commercial areas should not have negative impact on the residential character of the residential development and surrounding land uses, and should have traffic, noise, lighting and other impacts similar to surrounding or planned residential uses. 

 

Limited Industry


What areas hold this designation and where are they likely to be located?


Limited Industry designates sites within the PSA for warehousing, office, service industries, light manufacturing plants, and public facilities that have moderate impacts on the surrounding area.  Limited Industry ordinarily requires access to arterial roads or major collector streets, public water and sewer, nearby police and fire protection, small to moderate sized sites, environmental features such as soils and topography suitable for intense development, and adequate buffers for nearby residential development.


Special considerations


In the consideration of acceptable land uses for Limited Industry areas, dust, noise, odor, and other adverse environmental effects, not size, are primary considerations.


Timing and intensity of development


The maintenance of an acceptable level of service of roads and other public services and the availability and capacity of public utilities control the timing and intensity of limited industrial development.


Suggested uses


Primary uses may include warehousing, office, service industries, light manufacturing plants, and public facilities that have moderate impacts on the surrounding area.  Secondary uses in Limited Industry areas may include office uses and a limited amount of commercial development generally intended to support the needs of employees and other persons associated with an industrial development.

 

Park, Public, or Semi-Public Open Space

 

Large, undeveloped areas owned by institutions or the public and used for recreation or open space are included in this category. These areas serve as buffers to historic sites, as educational resources, and as areas for public recreation and enjoyment 

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