Property owners affected by proposed zoning changes in Rochester should be getting post cards.

The proposed changes come after the city council approved two new zoning options — Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) zones and Residential 2x (R-2x) zones — earlier this year.

The TOD zones allow multi-family housing options, office buildings and a variety of commercial uses considered appropriate for transit corridors with increased pedestrian traffic.

The R-2x option is based on existing residential zones but offers a chance to create new housing options while also allowing limited retail and office space.

While potential maps were presented in materials describing the zoning options, official map proposals remained in the works.

To address questions related to proposed zoning changes, city staff is planning two open house events next week:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Peace Plaza.

• 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Drive NW.

The proposed rezoning would affect identified properties along North and South Broadway, Second Street Southwest and Fourth Street Southeast, along with portions of the East Side Pioneers, Historic Southwest, Kutzky Park, Lowertown, Slatterly Park, and Sunnyside neighborhoods.

The proposed maps and boundaries are expected to be presented to the Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission on June 26 and to the Rochester City Council on July 22.

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Randy is the Post Bulletin's local government reporter, covering the city of Rochester and Olmsted County, as well as Destination Medical Center efforts. He joined the Post Bulletin staff in 2014.