Pearl District form-based code expansion set for vote
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2/20/13 at 2:37 PM
The Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission on Wednesday set a March 6 vote to consider the latest proposals to expand the use of the form-based zoning code within the Pearl District.
The vote will be held at 1:30 p.m. in City Council chamber of City Hall, second Street and Cincinnati Avenue.
Commissioners are not expected to take public comments at the meeting.
Commissioners were presented with five options on how to proceed Wednesday -- including doing nothing -- at a morning workshop.
The city of Tulsa recently held three workshops to take questions and provide information about the code to the public.
The form-based code is new to the city, focusing on structures' form and placement on a piece of property.
It is intended to create urban, walkable neighborhoods.
After initially being approved for a small section of the Pearl District, the form-based has drawn more scrutiny as proponents have pushed to expand its use.
The city has traditionally used a use-based code that separates properties by use -- residential and commercial, for example.
Expansion of the form-based code within the Pearl District has been opposed by some business owners who believe it limits their ability to expand and sets unrealistic construction requirements such as building up to the street.
On March 6, the commissioners will consider options ranging from not expanding the code within the Pearl District to modifying the code itself.