Adaptive Reuse Text Amendment

Adaptive Reuse Text Amendment

Update:  Here is the letter we wrote to the PLanning Commision, including comments from the community.   This is tentatively scheduled to be on the Planning Comission meeting February 28, 2024  at 5:30 p.m.Inforation about the meeting and how to participate will be added when we have it.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall has initiated a petition for a text amendment that would make changes to the zoning ordinance to support adaptive reuse and retention of existing buildings. The goal of this proposed text amendment is to remove zoning barriers that prevent the reuse of buildings and look at possible zoning incentives to encourage a building to be reused rather than demolished.

Adaptive reuse is both a sustainable practice and a vital planning tool that aids in meeting the City’s various goals. The adaptive reuse of an existing structure retains a building’s original form while bypassing wasteful demolition. This process keeps substantial amounts of materials out of landfills and reduces energy consumption. Additionally, preserving these buildings which are often historic or contain elements of unique architectural detailing, helps maintain neighborhood character and breathes new life into buildings that contribute to neighborhood fabric. Adaptive reuse allows existing buildings to serve our community for generations to come while continuing to tell the story of those who came before us.  Read the proposal below, then send an email to with your comments and ideas.

Notice Letter Adaptive Reuse

Public Adaptive Reuse Ordinance Draft-

Adaptive Reuse Text Amendment Information Sheet___

This will be on the August 21,2023 meeting of the SHCC Land Use and Zoning committee (LUZ) at 6 p.m. at Sprague Library.

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Judi Short