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    GR Banning Garages and Brick Buildings?

    I agree. Who cares how big the garage if it isn't in front of the house? My house is fairly large and so is the lot, but because of the location of the existing house, our garage has to be off to the side of the house somewhat, and about 20 feet forward of the back end of the house. I don't see why this should be a problem at all, but it isn't clear to me whether the design we have a lot of time into making fit and look good will work now. Enough time left to figure this out and rally some publicity then, and hopefully move for clearer guidelines that don't have the possibility of prohibiting almost all new construction. Ours is in TBD, but on a double lot where we would like to put the garage. You got lucky getting in touch with someone. I tried calling planning and no one called back. Might have to make a trip down there to figure it out.
  2. Yeah, okay, maybe the thread title was a little much, but I'm not sure it's that far off. GRDadof3 posted a link to the Commission agenda for tomorrow in another thread. I skimmed it and was surprised to see some rather surprising amendments to the zoning ordinance. First one: "The maximum width of detached and attached accessory buildings shall not be greater than 50% of the total width of the principal building unless the accessory building is completely behind the principal building." So unless you have a 100' wide lot, you can't build a two stall attached garage (24' for garage width, 50' for house, plus setbacks). What does behind the principal building mean? In the backyard, or the main building has to be physically in front of it? If that actually means totally behind the main building, they basically banned all detached garages. Lots simply aren't wide enough or deep enough to accommodate these requirements. Second one: "Facades must vary in materials so that each elevation contains no more than thirty-three (33) percent of any single building material. Windows and doors shall be excluded from the calculated area." This seems to apply to construction in residential districts other than single family, and to mix-use commercial zoning. Basically, you can't build a brick building. There's a good idea... (Forgive the silly pseudonym.. but I have my reasons on this one)