Zoning Handbook

The Mixed-Use (MU) zones provide for mixed-use developments that permit a broad range of commercial, institutional, and multiple dwelling unit residential development at varying densities. The MU-8 Zone is a mixed-use zone that is intended to be applied throughout the city consistent with the density designation of the Comprehensive Plan. A zone may be applied to more than 1 density designation.

The MU-8 zone is intended to:

  • Permit medium-density mixed-use development with a focus on employment;
  • Be located in uptown locations, where a large component of development will be office-retail and other non-residential uses; and
  • Be located in or near the Central Employment Area, on arterial streets, in uptown and regional centers, and at rapid transit stops.
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Development Standards
Floor Area Ratio (max.) Height (ft.) Penthouse Height (ft.)/Stories1 Lot Occupancy
(percentage)
Rear Setback (ft.) Side Setback (ft.) Green Area Ratio Zoning Regulation Reference
MU-8 5.0 70 20 100 A minimum rear yard of 2.5 in. per 1 ft. of vertical distance from the mean finished grade at the middle of the rear of the structure to the highest point of the main roof or parapet wall, but not less than twelve feet (12 ft.)2 No side setback is required; however, if a side setback is provided it shall be at least 2 in. wide for each 1 ft. of height of building but no less than 5 ft.3 0.25 Subtitle G, Chapter 4
6.0 (IZ) N/A 1; Second story permitted for penthouse mechanical space 80 (IZ) 8 ft. for a single-family detached or semi-detached dwelling
4.0 (non-residential)

Use Permissions Courts Parking Inclusionary Zoning
Subtitle U, Chapter 5 Subtitle G § 202 Subtitle C, Chapter 7 Subtitle C, Chapter 10

Except as prohibited on the roof of a detached dwelling, semi-detached dwelling, rowhouse, or flat in Subtitle C § 1500.4.
2 A horizontal plane may be established at 25 ft. above the mean finished grade at the middle of the rear of the structure for the purpose of measuring rear setbacks. A rear yard is not required to be provided below a horizontal plane as described in Subtitle G § 305.2. Where a lot abuts an alley, the rear setback may be measured from the center line of the alley to the rear wall of the building or other structure. Where a lot does not abut an alley, the rear yard shall be measured from the rear lot line to the rear wall of the building or other structure.
Any portion of a building setback from the side lot line shall be considered a side yard and not a court.