Update: Potential Zoning Changes

This morning The City of Grand Rapids issued a Media Release:

Neighborhood input results in Zoning Map change

After meeting with Westside residents and business leaders, First Ward Commissioners and City officials are responding by crafting modifications to a proposed Zoning Map they believe better align with neighborhood interests. The proposed changes support two important goals of the community: providing a better transition between downtown and the neighborhood, and facilitating development of affordable housing. The proposed Zoning Ordinance text and map amendments are available at the City’s website athttp://tinyurl.com/GRZOamendments.

Look below for a higher resolution image of the updated map.

Please check out the Press Release and let us know what you think!

The updated map:

The revised map for downtown Grand Rapids addresses resident concerns by reducing height limits on the near west side from 10 stories to seven stories by right in a new zone district. It divides the Downtown Height (DH) overlay district into two zones. The DH-2 (a) zone allows buildings up to 10 stories in height by right, with an additional six bonus stories. The DH-2 (b) zone allows buildings up to seven stories in height by right, with an additional five bonus stories, which can only be fully attained by providing affordable housing.
— - City of Grand Rapids 3/24/2017 Media Release