The Contextual Overlay is a zoning tool that establishes design standards in a particular residential area. It can maintain and protect neighborhood form or character. A Contextual Overlay must apply throughout the residential portion of a complete block face, and cannot be applied in an adopted historic overlay district. Contextual Overlays do not affect the base zoning of a property.
A Councilmember can request a Contextual Overlay to a specific area. A neighborhood can also request a Contextual Overlay, if all property owners sign the zone change application.
Creating a Contextual Overlay follows the zone change process.