On January 28, 2020, the City Council approved the first reading of the ordinance.
This proposal is to allow for the use of contextual front building setbacks in Single-Family (R-1), Reduced Setback Single-Family (R-1A), and Two-Family (R-2) zoning districts.
In order to encourage infill development, the ordinance will allow for a front building setback on a new structure that is consistent with the existing setbacks in the neighborhood, even if the latter have been constructed with setbacks that are less than currently authorized by the zoning ordinance, and are legal non-conforming. In order to qualify for the use of the contextual setbacks, the builder must agree to construct the home such that certain appearance characteristics are in harmony with the neighborhood.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval on January 2, 2020 by a unanimous vote.