Developing Small Single-Family Lots
We are proposing recommendations for development on small, single-family lots to preserve the character of the neighborhoods.
Catch Up On Our Progress
We presented our preliminary recommendation for permanent standards to City Council in March, 2013. We presented our draft proposal to council in June, 2013. We incorporated public comments on those drafts into our final draft ordinance and explanatory Director’s Report, which we released in September, 2013. We accepted comments on the final ordinance and Director's Report until mid-October. We are now preparing final legislation for City Council.
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Solution-oriented comments are most helpful. We will not have time to respond to individual comments, but will consider all that we receive.
Some Potential Decision Points:
- Under the proposed standards, lots may not qualify for the “historic lot exception"(separate lots in public records before 1957) if they have an area less than 2,500 square feet. Under the interim standards currently in effect, that absolute minimum is 50 percent of the general minimum area for the zone, or 2,500 square feet in a Single Family 5000 zone. Should the permanent standards continue to include a minimum area (lot size) under which the exception cannot be applied? If so, what should it be?
- Under the proposed standards, stricter height limits apply to lots smaller than 3,200 square feet. On such lots, houses are limited to 18 feet in height, with a pitched roof extending five feet above that, but an additional four feet is allowed provided that the house is limited to two floors, and there is a ten-foot floor-to-floor height on the first floor. Under the interim standards now in effect, the stricter height limits apply to lots up to 3,750 square feet in area. Are these standards relating to lot size and height limits too high or too low?
- The additional height restrictions in the interim standards apply only to new buildings. The proposed standards would also apply to additions to existing houses. Do you agree with this approach? Should more flexibility be built in for additions to existing houses?
- In addition to the lower height limits, are there other special development standards that should be applied to developments on smaller lots, such as limiting structure depth or total floor area, to help these houses fit in with their surroundings?
The above are some of the questions we have been considering, but are not intended to limit the conversation. Are there other changes we should recommend to support compatible development on small lots?