Resolution of the ACCF
On September 19th the Civic Federation held a special meeting to address
potential changes to existing zoning that would limit �coverage� for
residential lots. Members heard presentations from a guest panel and then
completed a survey developed by the Federation�s Planning & Zoning
Committee. The 53 returned surveys were analyzed to develop the resolution
below that will be voted at the October 2nd Civic Federation.
adopted on October 2, 2001
Regarding Zoning Ordinance Changes
Under Consideration to Control
Whereas, Civic Federation survey results indicated that�
- An equal percent are for and against the current proposals while about 25%
are undecided. Delegates do not believe that the proposed changes will
prevent the homes cited as egregious examples of infill.
- About half of the delegates and others attending the meeting do favor some
sort of new coverage restrictions. However, only a third supported applying
restrictions to all R-5 thru R-20 properties.
- When asked to indicate support for specific options, none got support from
a majority. The top selection was restricting coverage based on lot sizes
(31%), followed by retaining the current limits (25%), no response (25%),
zoning districts with caps (19%), and zoning districts (13%).
- 50% of delegates are concerned that additional coverage restrictions will
hurt home values. Members want more information about how proposed changes
will reduce homeowners� flexibility for renovating and expanding existing
- A large majority does not agree with what is used to calculate coverage.
The most frequently cited example was inclusion of driveways.
- More people were concerned about oversize houses (44%) than pipestem
development (28%). Those concerned about pipestems preferred to limit this
development based on lot frontage minimums rather than on the lot geometry.
And whereas, the Civic Federation has passed prior resolutions supporting
efforts to control infill development, however the Civic Federation has not
reached consensus about the current proposals to limit infill.
Be it resolved that the Federation urges County staff and the Zoning
Ordinance Review Committee of the Planning Commission to:
1. Better define the characteristics of infill that are undesirable and
examine ways to control those characteristics.
2. Reexamine the Zoning Administrator�s lists for calculating coverage.
3. Provide data and examples about how various proposals for coverage
restrictions will impact existing homes in each of the zoning categories
(R-5, R-6, R-8, R-10, and R-20) and in different types of neighborhoods.
This page was last revised on: December 28, 2003.