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Morning Buzz – Jan. 24, 2011
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The character of Fredericksburg’s neighborhoods will be up for discussion tomorrow night, when City Council and Planning Commission members sit down at a 5:30 p.m. work session to continue their discussions of proposed changes to Fredericksburg’s residential zoning rules.
The changes they are looking at making could affect how much house or addition you can build on a city lot. This issue of so-called out-of-scale houses has been on the council’s agenda before. At this point, planners are looking at taking a multi-pronged approach to controlling the size of new construction. As you can read in this memo, they’re looking at new regulations for how tall a home can be, what percentage of a lot it can cover and adding regulation of a structure’s floor-to-area (of the lot) ratio to the residential zoning rules.
The combination of these regulations would have had an impact on several recent home-building projects considered “out of scale” with their neighborhoods by city planners. You can read an analysis of how those projects would have been affected (and get an idea of what the working idea of “too big” is for this group) toward the end of this document.