Friday, May 11, 2012

Infill compatibity standards in UDO before Planning Commission 5/15/12

Planning Commission will discuss UDO residential infill compatibility standards next Tuesday, May 15, at its evening meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm

Before the economic downturn in 2008, many neighborhoods saw an extraordinary number of teardowns replaced with homes that were out of character with the rest of the neighborhood. Some additions to existing homes produced similar results.

The intent of the proposed UDO residential infill compatibility standards is to put rules in place that “accommodate and encourage compatible development in existing residential neighborhoods, while reinforcing the established character of the neighborhood and mitigating adverse impacts on adjacent homes.” The UDO draft document includes specific rules for street setbacks and the height and length of the sides of buildings. The details are available in Chapter 2: Residential Districts, pages 10 – 11.

To receive comparable protection today, neighborhoods are required to go through the laborious process of creating a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD) or, if the neighborhood qualifies, a Historic Overlay District (HOD).

If you are concerned about preserving the character of your neighborhood and support more predictability in the City’s development regulations, it’s important that you engage yourself in this conversation. You can do this by attending Tuesday’s meeting or by sending an e-mail to the Planning Commission. If it’s easier for you, you can send your comments to Christine Darges, Christine(dot)Darges(at) She will ensure your comments get delivered to the Planning Commission.

Philip W Poe
Five Points CAC co-chair

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SCALE has created a one-click email form which you can use here.

Our Message Packet on Infill can be found here.

The deadline for comments this round is Tuesday May 15th.