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Downtown Overlay and Downtown District Use and Form Regulations

In Spring 2019, the Jacksonville City Council adopted a new zoning code for the Downtown Overlay Zone to promote and encourage revitalization and growth in downtown by:

  • Maximizing the use of all available resources,
  • Ensuring a high degree of compatibility between new and existing uses,
  • Promoting mixed-use developments,
  • Promoting access to and focus on the St. Johns River and its tributaries, 
  • ​Streamlining the review and approval process for projects,
  • ​Providing flexibility in both the uses allowed and the physical design of projects, and
  • ​Ensuring quality development that is in keeping with the traditional Downtown urban fabric, which creates a single zoning district for almost all Downtown properties (excluding Planned Unit Developments) into one Commercial Central Business District (CCBD) zone.

CODE OF ORDINANCES |  CHAPTER 656 ZONING CODE | PART 3. SCHEDULE OF DISTRICT REGULATIONS 
SUBPART H: DOWNTOWN OVERLAY ZONE AND DOWNTOWN DISTRICT USE AND FORM REGULATIONS


Downtown Streetscape Design Guidelines

Please note, the previously adopted Downtown Streetscape Design Guidelines prepared for the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDC) will be updated by the DIA to conform to Ordinance 2019-196-E . These are guidelines intended to guide all development within the right-of-way, whether implemented by a governmental entity or a private developer. The current Downtown Streetscape Design Guidelines shall be followed to the extent not inconsistent with Ordinance 2019-196-E , until superseded by an update approved by the DIA.

For questions concerning the current Downtown Streetscape Design Guidelines, please contact Lori Radcliffe-Meyers, Redevelopment Coordinator at (904) 255-5307 or LRMeyers@coj.net.

Note: The Downtown Zoning Overlay regulations may be in addition to other land use and zoning regulations.  Please contact the Downtown Investment Authority on zoning and land use matters.