After 50 years of Traditional Zoning, a new Approach Promotes Modern Neighborhood Needs
Form-based zoning districts focus on the effects buildings have on people and space rather than only considering the use for the building. This progressive approach will foster a healthier urban environment in the Central West End.
The Central West End-Midtown Sustainable Development Form-Based Code is a revision of the zoning code in the area bounded by Lindell, Forest Park Avenue, Vandeventer and Kingshighway. The purpose of the code is to ensure that the residential character of Laclede and West Pine are maintained and strengthened between Sarah and Taylor. The other goal is to enhance the urban character of the arterial streets as well as Euclid and Sarah. Form-based codes are popular because they include design standards as well as basic zoning rules to ensure buildings contribute to the visual appeal of the community.
Interested in more information? Download Files of the Form-Based District.
- The entire form-based district
- General Provisions
- The Regulating Plan
- Building Envelope Standards
- Building Development Standards
- Use Tables
Taking Zoning Districts into the 21st Century
In December of 2010, Park Central Development hired sustainability and urban design firm H3 Studio and law firm Polsinelli to help the community create a form-based zoning district in the Central West End. This district applies to new construction and additions; ensuring the architectural integrity of the neighborhood remains intact. New buildings must be placed along the street fronts, placing parking at the rear of the site, enhancing pedestrian experience. H3 Studio recently won an award for their work on this project.
Mixed-use buildings are required in certain districts, where retail may occupy the first floor and office or residential use may occupy the floors above. Including standards for building design and construction, the new code increases vitality of the neighborhood.
Residents Contribute to the Vision for their Neighborhood
The adoption of the new district came after long months of planning: A fifteen member stakeholder committee met for three years to move this process forward. Throughout this process, community engagement played a critical role in establishing a vision for this initiative. A committee of residents and property owners provided valuable input at public meetings, and helped shepherd the process towards its success. The voice of residents gives the form-based district credibility it would not otherwise have had.