Stay in Bay Mixed Use Zoning Overlay

Overview

"Stay in Bay" is a city-sponsored, community-led endeavor to determine what the residents envision for the long-term development in the city's commercial spaces.  The process focuses on three main commercial, retail, and office areas: Wolf and Dover Center (the Bay Square area), Dover Center at Oviatt (the Dover Junction area), and Clague Parkway.

The parcels that would be included in the overlay are highlighted in the Stay in Bay Zoning Overlay Parcel Maps (PDF).

The goal of this process is the creation of a "zoning overlay" which is a set of building regulations that apply to commercial (including retail and office) areas to provide current and future commercial property owners with a clear understanding of our collective vision.  The zoning overlay will include guidelines for building design and placement to created a sense of place that complements the existing character of Bay Village.  The opportunity for new types of housing in the overlay area will give residents additional options when downsizing or looking for lower maintenance alternatives. Another goal is to promote walking and biking in and around the commercial areas to make them more family-friendly and increase the vitality of the city center.

After the Public and Planning Commission meetings, the zoning overlay recommendations were reviewed for adoption by City Council. The Ordinance (PDF) was adopted by City Council on June 28, 2021.  Use of the zoning overlay regulations would require a citywide vote of Bay Village residents. 

Public Meeting History

Two public input meetings were held at the Dwyer Center to explain the project and hear from residents.

Planning Commission meetings:

A third public input meeting was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 6:00 pm via Zoom.  The meeting presentation (PDF) is available to review.

The zoning overlay was discussed at the December 14, 2020 Planning and Zoning Committee meeting.  The Agenda (PDF), recording of the meeting, and meeting minutes (PDF) are available for review. 

An update about the plan was provided to City Council at the December 21 meeting (PDF).

The Planning, Zoning, Public Buildings and Grounds Committee discussed the overlay at the meeting on January 6, 2021. The Agenda (PDF) and meeting minutes (PDF) are available for review.

Jason Russell provided a review and update on the zoning overlay at the March 15, 2021 City Council Committee Meeting. The Agenda (PDF) and meeting minutes (PDF) are available for review.

On May 17, 2021, a public hearing was held about the plan including a presentation (PDF) by Jason Russell.

Upcoming Meetings

Information on upcoming meetings will be posted here and in the Calendar when available.