A new zoning district was approved in 2015 specifically designed for the Upper Peninsula that encourages growth to be sustainable and responsible. The new district was created after over a year of tremendous public input and community engagement with stakeholders representing a vibrant fast-growing Upper Peninsula area.
The Upper Peninsula Zoning District is incentive based offering height and density bonuses in exchange for added community benefits such as workforce housing, public open space, renewable energy, electric vehicle charging stations, transportation improvements, stormwater management improvements, green infrastructure, and achieving building certification programs for a high performing building. Developers have flexibility to choose from a menu of community benefit items to earn points towards achieving bonuses.
The Upper Peninsula Zoning District is a new base zoning district (not an overlay) designed specifically for the Upper Peninsula.It encourages responsible growth and sustainable development. It allocates density in appropriate areas. It protects the character and livability of the existing residential neighborhoods. It encourages public and private investment and spurs economic development. It implements recommendations of City plans.
It was designed by folks living, working and playing in the Upper Peninsula to positively impact the area, and is a main project of the Upper Peninsula Initiative planning effort.
We recently passed a zoning ordinance which is the first in the state of South Carolina that we know of, that rewards sustainability. Jacob Lindsey, Director