Main Street Overlay (MSO & LWO) Zoning Districts

In late 2010, the City adopted two overlay zoning districts that include properties located along West Main Street between downtown and Clarmar Drive. The new districts establish design standards for redevelopment and building expansion projects, as well as a shortened review process for projects that fully comply with the new standards. See below for more information on each district.

Main Street Overlay District (MSO)
The MSO includes properties along Main Street and several side streets running from about Union Street west to Clarmar Drive. This district establishes site and building design guidelines for future redevelopment and building expansion projects along the corridor. In general, projects that substantially comply with the standards could be approved via a relatively short staff review, saving time and removing some of the uncertainties often associated with Plan Commission and City Council reviews.

Projects that do not substantially comply with the standards may still be acceptable, but require a conditional use permit and are subject to public review before the Plan Commission and City Council. View the MSO Brochure with Development Standards (PDF) for more information on this district. You can also review Section 17.16.200 of the Municipal Code for the complete ordinance.

Live-Work Overlay District (LWO)
The LWO is a smaller district that covers approximately 3 blocks along Main Street immediately west of the downtown area. It is intended to preserve the residential character of this area as a transition to the downtown. Like the MSO, the district establishes site and building design standards for future redevelopment, building expansions, and conversions of homes for business use.

The LWO is also intended to clear up several questions regarding nonconforming uses along this portion of Main Street. View the LWO Brochure with Development Standards (PDF) for more information. You can also review Section 17.16.210 of the Municipal Code for the complete ordinance.