About Contextual Overlays
The Contextual Overlay was established in August 2014 as a zoning tool that can be applied to residential neighborhoods. The Contextual Overlay applies design standards necessary to maintain and reinforce established form or character of residential development in a particular area. A Contextual Overlay must apply throughout the residential portion of a complete block face, and a Contextual Overlay cannot be applied in an adopted historic overlay district.
A Contextual Overlay does not affect the base zoning of a property.
Ordinance BL2014-771 created the Contextual Overlay.
Permit Review Process
For property located within a Contextual Overlay, any new construction or additions to existing structures requires a site plan to be submitted and reviewed by the Zoning Administrator through Building Permit review. The Zoning Administration department is located within the Development Services Center at 800 2nd Avenue South. Additional information on obtaining a residential building permit can be found on Metro Codes' residential building permit page.
Existing Contextual Overlay Locations