Why Are Place Types Important
Place types organize the future development pattern, set a desired urban form, encourage greater walkability, create accessible public spaces, promote a more competitive environment for small businesses and foster a greater housing diversity.
Typology definitions may include a target-mix of land uses, the layout of roads and parking, the character and distribution or open spaces and civic uses or other the location of major infrastructure elements such as master stormwater planning areas or utility corridors.
How Are Place Types Determined?
Unincorporated areas that have already been developed in the past may receive a designation during the ongoing mapping process.
The great majority of the County’s suburban neighborhoods will also be mapped, with the primary goal of maintaining or reinforcing their existing residential character.
Environmental lands, undeveloped areas and rural properties do not receive a place type designation, unless — and until — they become part of a specific land development application or small-area planning project.
The designation process of future planning areas will become another component of our regular land development process with the specific goal of providing more predictable development outcomes.