Neighborhood Zoning

As part of the implementation of the neighborhood plan, the city changed the zoning of the neighborhood.  The neighborhood was fragmented into five traditional zones ranging from residential to commercial uses.  No existing zoning designation in Paducah was suitable for the unique character of the neighborhood.  Therefore two new zones were created that help preserve the unique character of the neighborhood while allowing more flexibility with the uses of the property.  You can download a copy of the zoning map to the right and download a copy of the new zoning text here.

Neighborhood Services Zone (NSZ)

The NSZ is largely single-family homes, many of which have historical significance.  The general concept for this zone is to establish design guidelines that help maintain the existing character of the neighborhood, allow for home occupation business by right and to encourage new construction on vacant lots that complements the surrounding structures.

Land uses allowed by right in the NSZ include single and two-family homes.  With special permission from the Historic & Architectural Review Commission (HARC), other uses may be allowed such as multi-family dwellings, home occupations, professional offices, retail establishments, restaurants and other similar uses.

In order to help preserve the character of this zone, Design Guidelines were put into place and are administered by HARC.  Before any change is made to the appearance of any structure or new construction takes place, approvals must be obtained through the HARC by making an application for a Certificate of Zoning Compliance.  For more information, click on the links above or contact the Planning Department at (270) 444-8690.

Neighborhood Commercial Cooridor Zone (NCCZ)

The NCCZ is anticipated to convert to more commercially-oriented land uses over time due to its location between the two one-way legs of the I-24 downtown business loop.  The general concept for this zone is to allow the commercial transition in this new zone while establishing character controls that will assist entrepreneurs in constructing new developments that conform to a new-urbanist style.  This style of development includes design features such as front entrances that are close to the sidewalks, hidden parking in the rear, increased landscaping requirements and stricter signage controls.  Any new construction or conversion of a residential structure to commercial must obtain plan approvals from the Planning Commission to ensure that the intended design concept is maintained.  General building sizes, styles and the types of building materials are regulated in the Zoning Ordinance.

Land uses allowed by right in the NCCZ include all residential, professional offices, bed & breakfasts, home occupations, retail establishments, restaurants and other similar uses.  For more information, please click on the links above or contact the Planning Department at (270) 444-8690.