Technological and economic changes have made certain small-scale manufacturing businesses clean, compatible uses in commercial districts. They can be combined with retail or educational programs, and help create unique, interesting and vibrant places. The amendment proposes to update the Zoning Ordinance to capture these emerging uses for both new and repurposed buildings in commercially-zoned areas. Business types include a broad range from textiles to woodworking or vertical farming, and may utilize tools, light machinery or 3D printers. Various business models may be accommodated, including makerspaces, shared kitchens or other production facilities, as well as spaces for individual tenants. The amendment intends to capitalize on the research being done by Recast City for the Office of Community Revitalization and support potential pilot projects. Public hearings on the zoning changes are tentatively planned to occur before the end of 2018. More information about OCR’s Small-Scale Production Initiative can be found here.