Within the Columbia Pike Revitalization District, Special Exception Use Permit conditions are necessary for properties larger than 40,000 square feet in area, applications requesting approval of a floor plate greater than 30,000 square feet, hotel uses with 7,500 square feet or more of conference room or banquet facility gross floor area, any special circumstances including modifications and/or bonus height related to historic structures and historic facades and any modifications from regulations of the Commercial Form Based Code (FBC). Within the Neighborhoods Special Revitalization District, Special Exception Use Permit conditions are necessary for applications requesting approval of bonus stories, Transfer of Development Rights, modifications from regulations of the Neighborhoods FBC (N-FBC), Civic Building designations, hotel uses with 7,500 square feet or more of conference room or banquet facility gross floor area, and for areas designated as “Conservation Area” or “Adjacent to Conservation Areas,” and requests for partial infill development. Increased height, density or other modifications can have an impact on the surrounding community and Special Exception Use Permit conditions help to mitigate these impacts.
Form Based Code Use Permit conditions:
- Ameliorate a project’s impacts on surrounding property, as well as any additional height and/or density that may be approved or modifications to Form Based Code standards proposed by a developer;
- Ensure that a project substantially complies with County plans and policies and Form Based Code regulations for a particular area; or
- Are in exchange for bonuses approved as part of the project.
- The Standard FBC Use Permit conditions are used as the basis for consideration with the acceptance and approval by the County Board of special exception use permits as provided in Zoning Ordinance Article 15.4.4. Changes or additional conditions may be recommended to reflect the impacts of a specific project or the County’s plans and policies for a particular area.
The County’s Standard Form Based Code Use Permit Conditions were reformatted and revised in September 2016 to improve effectiveness from both a construction and monitoring perspective and to allow the public to review the status of use permit projects online once the County’s new permitting software is implemented. Effective with the reformatting of the standard Form Based Code Use Permit conditions in September 2016, on an annual basis staff reviews the standard FBC Use Permit conditions to determine any changes or additions that have been approved by the County Board for a specific project that might be appropriate to apply to all special exception FBC projects. In addition, the purpose of an annual review is to address changes in practice related to construction permitting, correct/reconcile any inconsistencies identified through Form Based Code implementation, typographical errors or provide further clarifying language and better organization of the conditions in general. This review is coordinated and timed with the review process for standard conditions for special exception site plan projects.