Glossary of Terms

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Abutting. Properties having a common property line or easement

Adjacent. Properties that are nearby, but do not necessarily share a common boundary

Ancillary use/structure. Subordinate to and supporting the primary use/structure

By right. Permitted without requiring action by the Planning Commission, City Council or Board of Appeals.

Concept site plan. The first step in approving a project, which includes such things as permitted uses, tentative proposed locations and dimensions of buildings and streets, and number of dwellings units and square footage of commercial/office development. This is then followed by preliminary and final site plan.

Conditional use. Conditional uses are those uses designated as permitted within a certain zone, but because of their nature, activities and potential effects, require additional regulations and specific approval by the City Council.

Density. A measure of development on a property, usually expressed as the maximum number of dwelling units per acre or as commercial square footage.

Euclidean Zoning. Traditional zoning that specifies which uses are allowed within each zone as well as the permitted height, bulk and density of development.

Final site plan. The last step in approving a project. A site plan showing full engineering and details, including things such as building and street locations and dimensions, site topography, utility locations, stormwater management features and architectural elevations.

Floor area ratio (FAR). The ratio of the total floor area of all buildings to the total area of the lot which the buildings are on. This figure is determined by dividing the gross floor area of all buildings by the area of that lot or parcel. The following video provides a good explanation of FAR. www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGJSl4enoSY

Floor area ratio

Lot coverage. The total lot area covered by buildings including accessory buildings and covered decks, porches, stoops, and steps.

Master Plan. A document composed of various elements, such as Land Use and Transportation, that acts as a guide to public and private actions and decisions to ensure the development of public and private property in appropriate ways.

Preliminary site plan. The second step in approving a project.A site plan showing all requirements of a concept site plan, but in more detail (things like permitted uses, tentative proposed locations and dimensions of buildings and streets, and number of dwellings units and square footage of commercial/office development) plus preliminary affordable housing and stormwater management plans.

Schematic development plan. A site plan showing the majority of site engineering and details, including things such as building and street locations and dimensions, site topography, utility locations, stormwater management features and architectural elevations. This is then followed by final site plan.

Schematic development plan

Setback. How far away a building must be from a property line. For instance, a 15 foot setback means that all buildings on the lot must be at least 15 feet away from the lot boundary.

setback

Special exception. A special exception is an approval of a specific use that would not be appropriate generally or without restriction. Special exception uses must be approved by the Board of Appeals.

Streetscape. The area between the street line and the façade of adjacent buildings

Use. The principal purpose of a lot or building. In other words, what a lot or building is primarily used for-e.g. retail store, restaurant, single-family home, office, etc.

Zoning. A tool used to govern physical development within the City and the processes by which new development can be approved. Zoning ordinances can include regulations on uses, building size, yard size, open space, density of development, and signage, among other things.