--During construction at 713 S. McDonough St. ------FOR SALE INFO HERE
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Wylie Roberts said...I personally am thrilled as every bigger, nicer, new, two-story house goes up in my neighborhood.
some have NOT wanted or liked these changes, and pushed for a new rule
to be implemented in 2008. It is called the “Floor Area Ratio” (FAR)
rule (not to be confused with the Lot Coverage Ratio rule).
a summary of the rule: It governs how much you can add to or renovate
your home. At first glance, it appears to be a reasonable rule that
prevents “over building”, but in reality, there are already other rules
that prevent this (such as the Lot Coverage Ratio, set backs, story
limits, and height limits) and instead all it does is prevent reasonable
and full use of all of your home, without any benefit to the “public
good”. Total Lot coverage has always been limited to 40%. But the new
FAR rule added in 2008 mandates that “total floor area” also be no more
than this same number of square feet, and garage space and accessory
buildings must be counted. This means that a building footprint that
covers 30% of a lot (very typical for existing one-story homes) would
hit 60% if a full second floor were added, which exceeds the 40% FAR
limit. In order to add a full second story, your building footprint
would have to be no more than 20% of your lot square footage, which very
few homes are. A family should be able to not only add a full second
story, but use the attic space under the roof over the second floor as
well. Doing so has no detrimental impact to the environment and does
not increase “impervious surface” on the property or contribute to
run-off issues. To allow these reasonable things, the floor area ratio
limit would need to be around 80%, not the absurdly restrictive 40%.
Here is the effect of this new rule:
• It prevents many from being able to add a full second story
It hurts property values. One real estate agent estimated that the
average home in Decatur would immediately be worth anywhere from $50,000
to $150,000 MORE if this rule were repealed.
• A large number of
existing homes already exceed the FAR limit. So this rule is arbitrary
and capricious, and prevents families from improving their homes as
much as many of their neighbors already have.
I have started an online petition at Change.Org to repeal or amend the rule.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign this petition right now?
Here's the link:
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