The Planned Development Mixed Use District (PDMU) provisions
were added to the Zoning Ordinance in 2000, with the stated
purpose of facilitating development in the New Baltimore
Service District consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
The provisions have never been utilized. The PDMU
provisions were designed to allow commercial and civic uses
integrated into a predominately single family residential
development, with at least 60% of the acreage required to be
in single family detached/duplex development. Multi-family
residential uses, including residential uses over commercial
uses, are not allowed under the provisions. Key
non-residential uses allowed include:
Retail shops and shopping centers (up to
75,000 square feet per establishment with Special Exception,
maximum of 25% of total floor area in the overall PDMU).
Other commercial uses such as offices, banks,
studios, restaurants, repair services, dry cleaners, etc.
Schools, recreational facilities, museums,
libraries, public safety facilities, other civic /
government uses, and churches.
PDMU promotes development in a “park-like” form providing
typical conventional setback requirements adjacent to
streets, between buildings and next to adjoining
development. Minimum development size is 25 acres.
The Planning Commission felt that the proposed new MU
district provided a better mechanism for achieving a mix of
uses in Service Districts throughout the County, including
New Baltimore, and therefore recommended that the PDMU
district be eliminated upon Board approval of the new MU
district. The amendment was initiated by the Planning
Commission on May 29, 2008. After a public hearing held by
the Planning Commission on June 26, 2008, the Commission
unanimously recommended approval of the amendment.
Initial discussions regarding the MU district at the Board
considered whether the MU district provides for the type of
development envisioned by the New Baltimore Comprehensive
Plan. Given this concern, the Board may wish to leave the
PDMU district in place even if the MU District is approved.