The purpose of an overlay district is to allow for the application of specific regulations to a distinct geographic area. The geographic area warrants special consideration due to a unique situation or practical difficulties resulting from the historic development pattern. Existing conditions and development are such that it is impractical to comply with underlying district regulations without causing substantial hardship to the public good. The overlay district concept is discussed in the Comprehensive Plan as a method of preserving the character of an area. It will encourage development to occur that is compatible with the existing scale and pattern of surrounding properties. The effect of an overlay district will be to encourage property development which will maintain the unique characteristics of the area. It is the intent of this article to provide an instrument for establishing different types of overlay districts.You can review the Overlay District Standards at www.municode.com.