Way back in July we talked about how the city council was looking at options to restrict the construction of oversized houses in older neighborhoods like ours. Today they acted, passing legislation that applies new development standards aimed at keeping new construction from overshadowing what was already there.
According to a council press release, the new legislation will address the problem by:
1) adjusting the formula for how much of a lot may be covered by the structure;
2) better protecting neighboring homeowners from being overshadowed by removing the provision that currently allows a house’s height to be based on neighboring property if it is taller than 30 feet;
3) Limiting the location and visibility of garage doors that face a street;
4) reducing how much height for houses are allowed on lots on sloped sites; and
5) waiving parking requirements on lots of less than 3,000 square feet, thereby reducing the prominence of a garage as part of a structure.
It won’t be a surprise to many of you, but my favorite part is the removal of parking requirements for lots under 3,000 sq. ft. That includes most of the lots in the CD that don’t have rear alleys, hopefully eliminating our recent plague of overwhelming garagieness, as illustrated in the attached photo.