Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Zoning, Sign Ordinance Amendments for Downtown Design Standards Approved
Council approves; Mayor Henry signs new guidance for downtown development
The City of Fort Wayne’s Downtown Design Manual and accompanying Zoning and Sign Ordinance Amendments have been fully adopted by the City Plan Commission, City Council and have been signed by Mayor Tom Henry as of November 29.
The Design Manual and ordinance amendments provide design direction and guidance to architects, property owners and developers, as well as assist staff and the Plan Commission in reviewing new development and redevelopment projects in the CM5A and CM5B downtown zoning districts. Existing development is not affected. The effective date for the ordinance amendments is January 1, 2011.
A cross-functional staff team began working on this project in July 2009. An advisory group made up of representatives from City Council, the Plan Commission, the Downtown Improvement District, and downtown business and property owners also assisted in the project.
“Downtown Fort Wayne is a hub for development, growth and revitalization,” said Mayor Henry. “Adopting this improved set of guidelines and direction will help ensure the positive momentum continues as we see new and redeveloped properties in the heart of our downtown. The ordinance amendments and manual act as a guideline for continued revitalization to preserve the character and vibrancy we see today and hope to see more of in days and years to come.”
The Department of Planning Services will be implementing the manual and ordinance. More information is available at their website,.
Download a mapy of the CM5A and CM5B Districts