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Downtown West Palm Beach Urban Regulations

West Palm Beach, FL

Downtown West Palm Beach spans approximately 500 city blocks and encompasses several distinct neighborhoods that include historic, retail, residential, and commercial buildings.  Working with an economic consultant, the design team modified the City’s previous master plan’s form-based approach by investigating planning potentials, development opportunities and appropriate planning and development standards, based on new neighborhood sub-districts. The final plan and subsequent regulations are reflective of the Downtown’s thirteen (13) Districts and their different characteristics and promote the concepts of “sustainability” and “quality of life”. The final plan, developed in conjunction with an Advisory Board, enables flexible building design by encouraging a variety of uses, heights, and forms to encourage more diverse architecture, augment development potential, and connect the two geographically separated retail anchor areas of Clematis and City Place with a new Central 
Business District.

Working in coordination with the City Planning Department, the Community Redevelopment Agency, and the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs, the design team has created thirty-one different zones to reflect the varying massing and heights for the thirteen Districts.  The zoning language includes height and FAR bonuses for providing attainable housing, additional open space, and new streets.  It also refines the City’s existing transfer of development rights (TDR) program by limiting the number of sites which may purchase transferred development rights to the urban core which has been designed to accommodate the tallest and most dense office buildings. 

 

Downtown West Palm Beach spans approximately 500 city blocks and encompasses several distinct neighborhoods that include historic, retail, residential, and commercial buildings.  Working with an economic consultant, the design team modified the City’s previous master plan’s form-based approach by investigating planning potentials, development opportunities and appropriate planning and development standards, based on new neighborhood sub-districts. The final plan and subsequent regulations are reflective of the Downtown’s thirteen (13) Districts and their different characteristics and promote the concepts of “sustainability” and “quality of life”. The final plan, developed in conjunction with an Advisory Board, enables flexible building design by encouraging a variety of uses, heights, and forms to encourage more diverse architecture, augment development potential, and connect the two geographically separated retail anchor areas of Clematis and City Place with a new Central 
Business District.

Working in coordination with the City Planning Department, the Community Redevelopment Agency, and the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs, the design team has created thirty-one different zones to reflect the varying massing and heights for the thirteen Districts.  The zoning language includes height and FAR bonuses for providing attainable housing, additional open space, and new streets.  It also refines the City’s existing transfer of development rights (TDR) program by limiting the number of sites which may purchase transferred development rights to the urban core which has been designed to accommodate the tallest and most dense office buildings.