Downtown Zoning District
UPDATED: FEBRUARY 2021POSTED: JULY 2020
The newly established Oak Ridge Downtown District opens the door to great opportunity. Located along Wilson Street, between South Tulane Avenue and South Rutgers Avenue, the D-1 District is intended to support a centrally located, walkable, urban district that generates daytime and evening activities for residents and visitors.
In 2019, the community-supported City Blueprint Plan asserted that a downtown in Oak Ridge would help grow the City’s population and economic sustainability, enhance the City’s image and quality of place, and improve connectivity and mobility as a central destination and gathering place for residents and visitors.
In 2020, the City amended its Zoning Ordinance and introduced flexible standards intended to encourage entrepreneurial and innovative businesses and creative structures and spaces to form the downtown district.
As stated in the ordinance, the district shall be characterized by:
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