Zoning Handbook

The Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) zones provide for the following:

  1. Heavy commercial and light manufacturing activities employing large numbers of people and requiring some heavy machinery under controls that minimize any adverse effect on other nearby, more restrictive zones; and
  2. Areas suitable for development as heavy industrial sites, but at the same time protect those industrial developments from the intrusion of non-industrial uses that impede the full utilization of properly located industrial sites.

The provisions of the PDR zones are intended to:

  • Regulate the use of land and structures and the erection and modification of structures in areas characterized by PDR uses, typically with heavy truck traffic and loading and unloading operations;
  • Encourage the retention of viable land to accommodate production, warehousing, distribution, light and heavy industrial, and research and development activities;
  • Allow compatible office and retail uses and development;
  • Minimize encroachment by uses that are incompatible with PDR uses, including residential uses, which could impair existing PDR activities;
  • Manage transitions between PDR-zoned areas and surrounding neighborhoods; and
  • Ensure the environmental performance of development.
    The development standards are intended to:
  • Control the bulk or volume of structures, including height, FAR, and lot occupancy;
  • Control the location of building bulk in relation to adjacent lots and streets by regulating rear setbacks, side setbacks, and the relationship of buildings to street lot lines;
  • Regulate the mix of uses;
  • Manage transitions between PDR-zoned areas and surrounding neighborhoods; and
  • Ensure the environmental performance of development.
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