The Department of Planning, Building, & Development is proposing a change to the RM-1 zoning district that would make more lots eligible to request a special exception for a two-family dwelling. RM-1 (Residential Mixed-Density) is a zoning district intended to encourage a range of housing choices by permitting single family, two family, and townhouse dwellings. Prior to 2000, RM-1 permitted two-family dwellings (duplexes) by right on lots with 5,000 square feet or more. An amendment in 2000 did two things: (1) Increased the required lot area to 7,000 square feet, and (2) Implemented a requirement for a special exception.
The proposal is to return the minimum lot size to 5,000 square feet and keep the requirement for a special exception in place.This recommendation is based on 15 years of experience with the special exception process. This change would be an amendment to the zoning ordinance text only. No rezoning of any property is proposed.
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