What is a design overlay district?

An overlay district, sometimes known as an overlay zone, is a geographic zoning district layered on top of another existing zoning district, or districts, that implements additional regulations. This would be part of the City's development code. Like other zoning regulations, overlay districts can control building codes and urban design, permitted land use, density, and other factors. 

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1. What is a design overlay district?
2. Why is this being considered and what are the goals?
3. Who might it apply to?