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Pedestrian Retail Areas

Pedestrian Retail Area
Mapping commercial destinations in your community.

What’s Happening Now?

The pedestrian retail areas (pedestrian zones) ordinance (Ordinance 124770) was adopted by the City Council on May 11, 2015, and signed by the Mayor on May 15, 2015. The ordinance went into effect on June 15, 2015.

The legislation amended the Land Use Code and the official Land Use Map to add or expand a pedestrian designation in 42 neighborhoods and modifies the development standards that apply in pedestrian zones to meet the changing needs of these neighborhood business districts.

A pedestrian zone identifies the core of a neighborhood business district and protects and promotes active commercial destinations. In commercial zones outside of these areas a wider range of uses is allowed at street level including a broad range of commercial uses, housing, and live-work units.

Project Goals

Our goal is to identify and map areas in neighborhoods around the city where residents could meet their daily needs. In pedestrian zones, we encourage people to park their car conveniently and walk from business to business if they choose to drive to a pedestrian retail area.

By adding a pedestrian retail area designation to a neighborhood commercial (NC) zone we aim to:

  • Preserve areas that offer a mix of street-level, pedestrian-oriented destinations accessible by foot, bike, and transit
  • Identify and encourage areas that have potential to transition to a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood business district
  • Encourage more walking, biking, and transit use to and within neighborhood business districts by preserving and promoting active destinations

The End Result

The pedestrian zone ordinance went into effect on June 15, 2015.

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