Stay in Bay Mixed Use Zoning Overlay
"Stay in Bay" is a city-sponsored, community-led endeavor to determine what the residents envision for the long-term development in the city's commercial spaces. The process focuses on three main commercial, retail, and office areas: Wolf and Dover Center (the Bay Square area), Dover Center at Oviatt (the Dover Junction area), and Clague Parkway, area maps (PDF).
The goal of this process is the creation of a "zoning overlay" which is a set of building regulations that apply to commercial (including retail and office) areas to provide current and future commercial property owners with a clear understanding of our collective vision. The zoning overlay will include guidelines for building design and placement to created a sense of place that complements the existing character of Bay Village. The opportunity for new types of housing in the overlay area will give residents additional options when downsizing or looking for lower maintenance alternatives. Another goal is to promote walking and biking in and around the commercial areas to make them more family-friendly and increase the vitality of the city center.
After the Public and Planning Commission meetings, zoning overlay recommendations will be reviewed for adoption by City Council. Use of the zoning overlay regulations would require a citywide vote of Bay Village residents. A draft of the proposed code (PDF) is available for review and will be updated as changes are made.
Public Meeting History
Two public input meetings were held at the Dwyer Center to explain the project and hear from residents.
Planning Commission meetings:
- November 20, 2019 Agenda (PDF), Presentation (PDF), and Minutes (PDF)
- January 15, 2020 Agenda (PDF) and Minutes (PDF)
- February 5, 2020 Agenda (PDF) and Minutes (PDF)
- February 19, 2020 Agenda (PDF) and Minutes (PDF)
- December 2, 2020 Agenda (PDF). Minutes will be posted when approved at the next meeting. A recording of the meeting is available in the Agenda Center.
A third public input meeting was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. The meeting presentation (PDF) is available to review.
The zoning overlay was discussed at the December 14, 2020 Planning and Zoning Committee meeting. The Agenda (PDF) and a recording of the meeting are available for review. The meeting minutes will be posted when approved at the next meeting.
An update about the plan was provided to City Council at the December 21 meeting.
The next meeting about the zoning overlay will be the Planning, Zoning, Public Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting on January 6, 2021 beginning at 6:00 pm.