Transit-Oriented/Activity Center Zones

Effective April 1, 2022, the Zoning Ordinance creates an entirely new set of zones to support mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development around transit stations and activity centers. These zones acknowledge that the County is no longer exclusively suburban and encourage strategically-located, urban development. These zones allow a broad range of uses and promote attractive and amenity-rich communities. 

Neighborhood Activity Center (NAC) Zone

The purposes of the Neighborhood Activity Center (NAC) Zone are to provide lands for lower-density, small-scale, mixed-use centers that are attractive to employers and employees, are well connected to transit, and serve the surrounding neighborhood; to incorporate walkable and bikeable areas that are well-connected to a regional transportation network through a range of transit options; and to provide a mix of uses that serve local neighborhood needs.

(Section 27-4204(c))

Town Activity Center (TAC) Zone

The purposes of the Town Activity Center (TAC) Zone are to provide lands for moderate-intensity, auto-accessible, mixed-use centers that serve larger areas of surrounding neighborhoods; to provide a mix of uses that serve community-wide needs; and to encourage development that is well integrated in terms of complementary uses, access and circulation and compatible design.

(Section 27-4204(d))

Local Transit-Oriented (LTO) Zone

The purposes of the Local Transit-Oriented (LTO) Zone are to provide lands for moderate-intensity, vibrant, and transit-rich mixed-use centers; to incorporate walkable and bikeable areas that are well-connected to a regional transportation network through a range of transit options; to provide a mix of uses that serve community-wide needs; and to encourage development that is well integrated in terms of complementary uses, access and circulation and compatible design.

(Section 27-4204(e))

Regional Transit-Oriented, Low-Intensity (RTO-L) and High-Intensity (RTO-H) Zone

The purposes of the Regional Transit-Oriented, Low-Intensity (RTO-L) and Regional Transit-Oriented, High-Intensity (RTO-H) Zones are to provide lands for high-intensity, vibrant, mixed-use centers that are intended to capture the majority of the County’s future residential and employment growth and development; to incorporate walkable and bikeable areas that are well-connected to a regional transportation network through a range of transit options; to provide a mix of uses that serve regional needs; and to encourage development that is well integrated in terms of complementary uses, access and circulation and compatible design.

(Section 27-4204(f))