Snider Plaza Zoning Process
Parking, infrastructure, landscaping and other desired improvements to Snider Plaza have been the focus of multiple City Councils for many years. Having completed the replacement of water and sanitary sewer utilities in and around the plaza, the City is moving forward with construction documents for a second stage of improvements. The streetscape project includes new pavement, stormwater utilities, landscaping, pedestrian amenities, and parking enhancements. To initiate these improvements, the City is requesting an amendment to Planning Development District 1 (PD-1R), which is the current zoning assigned to the retail area.
In March, City Council approved referral of the item to the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) for public hearing. With this action, the zoning request for Snider Plaza was presented to P&Z on Tuesday, April 11 at 5 p.m. and included the following:
- Expansion of PD-1R to incorporate additional parking on the city-owned lot at Rankin and Hursey.
- Approval of a concept plan for the street zone and sidewalk zone within the public domain of Snider Plaza.
The Planning & Zoning Commission held and closed a public hearing for the zoning request but did not take further action on the item. The request will return to P&Z on May 9 for further consideration.
For information related to the zoning process, contact Jessica Rees, City Planner.
Jessica Rees, City Planner
For information related to the surface improvements project, contact Katie Barron, City Engineer.
Katie Barron, Director of Engineering
- What is the zoning case that the Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to hear in April 2023 regarding Snider Plaza?
The zoning case is a proposed amendment to Planning Development District Number 1 – Retail. This area is more commonly known as Snider Plaza. This is a two-part request:
- Approval of a Concept Plan for the Street Zone and Sidewalk Zone within the public domain of Snider Plaza
- Expand the boundary to incorporate additional parking on the Rankin Avenue lot on the northeast corner with Hursey Street
- What information is included in a Conceptual Site Plan?
Included in a Conceptual Site Plan is information from the applicant, the City of University Park regarding proposed plans for parking, street cross-sections, pedestrian access to the district and sidewalks.
- Is the boundary of PD-1-R Snider Plaza District proposed to change?
Yes, the boundary of PD-1-R for Snider Plaza is proposed to expand to include the Rankin Avenue lot to be used for Snider Plaza parking. This lot is near Hursey Street, adjacent to Snider Plaza and was acquired by the City of University Park in accordance with the 2009 Snider Plaza parking study and resulting adopted Zoning Ordinance .
- What are the next steps after the Planning and Zoning Commission acts?
After the Planning and Zoning Commission holds a public hearing and acts on the zoning case, the zoning case and Commission’s recommendation will then be presented to the City Council for a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Planned Development District Number 1 - Retail. After the public comments are received, the City Council may take action to amend the Zoning Ordinance for the District.
- How do I find additional information on the proposed enhancements for Snider Plaza?
Images and information on the proposed improvements for Snider Plaza can be found on the City’s website. In addition, those interested can also visit the mock-up for the Snider Plaza enhancements at the corner of Rankin and Hursey.