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October 9, 2013

Electric distribution system conversion moves along


Removal of setback requirements for half story units for all zoning districts This proposed ordinance change removes 1/2 story units from the setback tables such that there would be 1, 2-3 story structure setbacks instead of the current 1-1 1/2, 2-3. The reason for the change is there has been confusion as to what constitutes a 1 1/2 story unit and hence it is difficult under the current zoning code to consistently and uniformly apply the appropriate setback requirements for a 1 1/2 unit.

Side yard setback requirements for R-1 Districts for 2 and 3 story housing units Currently, one story housing units in R-1 Districts have a 10 foot side yard setback versus 12 feet for two and three story housing units. The concern by the Board of Adjustment is there are instances in which one story housing units are taller than two and three story housing units but have less required side yard setbacks. In addition, the Board also believes under the current code it can be difficult to build two and three story housing units on cul-de-sacs and meet the current side yard setbacks. Therefore, this proposed ordinance changes the minimum side setback for RI Zoning District for two and three story structures from 12 feet to 10 feet, which is the same requirement for one story housing units.

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