To Address Building Height, Swansboro Considers Conditional Zoning

From the Jacksonville Daily News:

SWANSBORO — A new zoning tool could get the final approval of Swansboro commissioners during tonight’s meeting.

Commissioners have been discussing the use of conditional zoning districts and will consider changes to the town’s Unified Development Ordinance that would put the new zoning into effect.

Conditional zoning does not replace existing zoning but is an overlay that can be applied to designated areas. With the CZD areas, town commissioners would have the flexibility of negotiating with a property over a request that deviates from what is allowed under the established zoning.

Conditions, within reason, can be set that address the interests of the developer as well as the surrounding area. The conditions are specific to individual parcels and not to an entire district.

The idea of conditional zoning arose out of building height discussions. The establishment of CZD zones could allow for some structures taller than the current 35-foot limit without changing the height regulations. (emphasis ours)


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