ULI Oklahoma: Pattern Zoning
Eliminating Hurdles for the Increment Developer (TULSA)
The core component of a pattern zone is pre-approved building plans. In a pattern zone, a city identifies an area for infill development such as a corridor, neighborhood, or a master-planned district and pre-approves a set of buildings to be built on each lot.
A pattern zone makes it easier to develop quality infill. Permit reviews are more straightforward for both the applicant and the administering jurisdiction. Moreover, pattern zones exist alongside current procedures as a parallel track available to applicants at their discretion. Whether a city uses form-based codes or conventional zoning, a pattern zone can be used to increase certainty that developers will build projects which improve the community.