Sec. 35.1-42.1. Planned Unit Developments.
(a) Intent. It is the intent of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) section to provide flexible land use and design regulations through the use of performance criteria so that small-to-large scale neighborhoods or portions thereof may be developed within the City that incorporate a variety of residential types and contain both individual building sites and common property which are planned and developed as a unit. Such a planned unit is to be designed and organized so as to be capable of satisfactory use and operation as a separate entity without necessarily needing the participation of other building sites or other common property in order to function as a neighborhood. This section specifically encourages innovations in residential development so that the growing demands for housing at all economic levels may be met by greater variety in type, design, and siting of dwellings and by the conservation and more efficient use of land in such developments.
This section recognizes that while the standard zoning function (bulk) and the subdivision function (platting and design) are appropriate for the regulation of land use in areas or neighborhoods that are already substantially developed, these controls represent a type of preregulation, regulatory rigidity and uniformity which may be inimical to the techniques of land development contained in the Planned Unit Development concept. Thus, where PUD techniques are deemed appropriate by the City Council, all dimensional specifications, setback requirements, buffering requirements, landscaping requirements, location of off-street parking facilities and location of recreation facilities elsewhere in this ordinance are herein replaced by an approval process in which an approved site plan becomes the basis for continuing land use controls.
(b) Objectives. In order to carry out the intent of this section, a PUD shall achieve the following objectives:
(1) A maximum choice in types of environment; occupancy tenure (e.g., cooperatives, individual ownership, condominium, leasing); types of housing; lot sizes; and community facilities available to existing and potential residents at all economic levels.
(2) More usable open space and recreation areas.
(3) The preservation of trees, outstanding natural topography and geologic features and prevention of soil erosion.
(4) A creative use of land and related physical development which allows an orderly transition of undeveloped land to urban areas.
(5) An efficient use of land resulting in smaller networks of utilities and streets, thereby lowering housing costs.
(6) A development pattern in harmony with the objectives of the Lynchburg General Plan.
(7) A more desirable environment than would be possible through the strict application of other articles of the Zoning Ordinance.
(c) Definitions. For purposes of this section, a Planned Unit Development is defined as follows:
(1) Any use hereinbefore permitted by right in the R-1, R-2 and R-3 residential districts.
(2) Planned Unit Developments containing townhouses, cluster housing, and apartment-type dwelling units.
(3) Planned Unit Developments containing multiple-unit condominiums or other cooperative residential developments. (Ord. No. O-83-154, § 1, 7-12-83)
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