In July, 2009, the City Council expanded the boundaries of the original Pike / Pine Overlay District and created the Pike / Pine Conservation Overlay District. New provisions limited the size of new development and encouraged projects to keep existing older structures, identified in the Code as character structures.
A second phase of work, adopted in 2010, updated the neighborhood design guidelines. The new guidelines related to height, bulk, and scale, and addressed the type of development promoted by the 2009 legislation. Adjustments to the 2009 standards were also made to clarify the new guidelines and make them more consistent with neighborhood objectives.
The third phase, adopted in 2011, established a program for the Transfer of Development Potential (TDP) within the Pike / Pine Conservation Overlay District. A TDP provides incentives for property owners to keep existing “character structures” rather than tear them down. A Conservation Core was also established within the district to further ensure that new development is more compatible with the special scale and character of existing development in this critical area.
Amendments to the Pike / Pine Conservation Overlay District, adopted in June 2014, respond to problems that surfaced during the recent development boom. The area saw more development on sites that were much larger than we had anticipated. The amendments to the overlay district will help maintain the character of the neighborhood. At the same time, the new rules accommodate growth in the area and will allow for a more balanced mix of uses.
Completed December 2011
In Phase 3 we established a Transfer of Development Potential program that created additional incentives to preserve the character of Pike / Pine.
Completed September 2010
In Phase 2 we revised Neighborhood Design Guidelines for Pike / Pine to support conservation efforts for older buildings, and to clarify the community priorities.
Completed June 2009
During Phase 1 we expanded the Pike / Pine Overlay District and renamed it to add “Conservation” to its title. We also added incentives to encourage new projects to retain existing buildings and to provide spaces for small businesses and arts facilities.