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New Downtown Zoning Districts Approved
Release Date: November 30, 2009

The Town of Dover Mayor & Board of Aldermen held a Public Hearing on Tuesday December 29, 2009 at and then adopted Ordinance No. 18-2009.
Ordinance No. 18-2009 amends Chapter 236, LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, ARTICLE IV, Zoning by supplementing it with 236-17.1, Downtown Districts and adopts a new Zoning Map which regulates the Zoning District boundaries being created.
The primary intent of this new section of the Land Development Ordinance is to establish the ‘Downtown District’ and create a regulatory framework to implement the 2006 Transit Oriented Development Plan (TOD Plan) for the Downtown Area.
The Downtown Districts comprise Subareas 1, 3 and 5 of the TOD Plan, and include the train station and its surrounding properties, retail uses on Blackwell Street, and the surface parking lots owned by the Town and NJ Transit. The zone boundaries of the Downtown Districts generally follow the Subarea boundaries established in the TOD Plan; and the Dover Historic District boundary. The key principles of each Subarea, and the character defining elements of the Historic District are translated into district goals of the respective Downtown District.
The Downtown District is composed of D1 STATION AREA DISTRICT, D2 BLACKWELL STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT, D3 EAST BLACKWELL BUSINESS DISTRICT, and D4 SOUTH DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, which form the basis of a comprehensive change to the zoning within the Downtown. The land development regulations for the Downtown Districts are “form-based,” and place greater emphasis on the form of a building, rather than the use of a development site (or sites) and are meant to achieve predictable physical outcomes. They regulate the form, placement and design of private buildings in order to shape the public realm. These form-based regulations will facilitate new development in Dover while remaining respectful of the historic integrity of the Town.
Specific objectives of the Downtown Districts are:
(1)     To create a framework for the construction of new buildings and renovation of existing buildings with a Form-Based approach and to reinforce the positive elements of the Downtown area.
(2)     To define distinctive street profile specifications considering the needs of various groups of users - businesses, pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, and transit riders - while creating a public realm that is active, comfortable and attractive.
(3)     To provide design standards for enhancing the Downtown and guide the form and architecture of new development to be complementary to its historic character and context.

For a copy of the Downtown Districts
      Ordinance No. 18-2009 CLICK HERE

For a copy of the New Zoning Map CLICK HERE

For a copy of the Downtown Districts
      "Form Based Code" Companion Document CLICK HERE

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