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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Council accepts Ad Hoc Committee housing recommendations

Update: October 13

At their meeting on October 11th, the Village Council accepted the recommendations from the Ad Hoc Residential Code Review Committee relating to housing bulk and mass.
See a copy of the presentation to Council

Update: October 7

The Council will discuss recommendations from the Ad Hoc Residential Code Review Committee on Monday, October 11th during their regular meeting, which was moved from Thursday to Monday.

Update: October 1

A Special Village Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 11th in Village Hall at 7 p.m. to discuss recommendations from the Ad Hoc Residential Code Review Committee regarding new housing size and bulk. This is separate from the Regular Meeting on October 14th.

Update: September 23

The new Ad Hoc Residential Code Revision Committee met Monday, Sept. 20th and began reviewing Village staff’s proposed Zoning in Progress (ZIP). The proposed ZIP will create temporary regulations related to building height, 2nd story mass in relation to the first story of homes, and will establish minimum landscaped areas for new construction in the Village’s R-1 Zoning Code. The ZIP is proposed to last six months while the Ad Hoc Committee provides a more in-depth analysis of the Village’s R-1 Zoning Code. 

  • The Ad Hoc Committee voted to recommend approval of staff’s proposed ZIP regulations, except that they are recommending to increase the maximum building height from 30 to 35 feet. 
  • Bill Whiteford was selected as Chair of the Committee.

The Village Council will address the Zoning in Progress Ordinance again at their October 14th meeting. 

Update: August 27

At their August 26th meeting, the Village Council selected seven members and three alternates for the Residential Code Revision Committee. Twenty-nine people applied. The selected group is comprised of people representing citizens, as well as professionals from real estate, land planning, architecture, law and building construction. The Council greatly appreciates everyone who applied and was impressed by the quality of the applicants. The final selections are:

Committee members

  • Robert E Silvani - Resident-at-Large
  • Lisa Jensen - Resident-at-Large
  • Shawn Woods -Real Estate
  • Lisa Interlandi - Law
  • Jake Furlott  - Building construction
  • Cory Cross  - Architecture
  • Bill Whiteford - Land planning

Alternate members

  • Amanda McNally
  • Stephen St John
  • Matthew Schmitt

Update: August 13

Based upon suggestions made by residents in the Citizens’ Master Plan (2016) and concerns recently expressed to the Village Council by residents, the Council directed staff to develop a Code amendment for consideration to address the character of new, single family homes being constructed in the Village. The concerns that prompted this direction are related to the size and mass of new houses being constructed relative to the Village’s traditional housing stock. 

Because it is anticipated that new construction trends will continue for some time, the Council is considering adopting a “Zoning in Progress” Ordinance until an amendment to the Code can be formally considered. The Zoning in Progress is anticipated to last six months and will allow new houses to be constructed within a few, temporary parameters, which are not yet known: 

A plan for a Zoning in Progress was approved by the Village Planning Commission, however the Council has postponed a decision about enacting it until October 14 to allow time for staff to initiate a citizen Ad Hoc Committee to review the issue and make recommendations.

For questions about the Zoning in Progress, contact the Community Development Department at (561) 841-3365.

Original post, June 1

Based upon suggestions made by residents in the Citizens’ Master Plan (2016) and concerns recently expressed to the Village Council by residents, the Council directed staff to develop a Code amendment for consideration to address the character of new, single family homes being constructed in the Village. The concerns that prompted this direction are related to the size and mass of new houses being constructed relative to the Village’s traditional housing stock. 

Because it is anticipated that new construction trends will continue for some time, the Council is considering adopting a “Zoning in Progress” Ordinance until an amendment to the Code can be formally considered. The Zoning in Progress is anticipated to last six months and will allow new houses to be constructed within a few, temporary parameters, such as: 

  • Limiting single family homes to two-stories and 30 feet in height.
  • Requiring the air conditioned space on the second story to be 75% of the area of the ground floor.
  • All single-family homes (both one and two story) shall provide a minimum landscaped area of fifty percent (50%) in the required twenty-five foot (25’) front yard setback. Properties with frontage along collector roads (Lighthouse Drive and Prosperity Farms Road) shall provide a minimum landscaped area of forty percent (40%) in the required twenty-five foot (25’) front setback.

These temporary parameters won’t have a significant impact on the total square footage of homes relative to applications that the Village has approved recently. The Zoning in Progress must be approved by the Planning Commission at their June 8 meeting, and by the Village Council at their meetings on July 8 and July 24.

If the Zoning in Progress is approved, an Ad Hoc Committee comprised of Village residents will work with staff to develop recommendations to amend the Code to address concerns about preserving the character of single-family homes in the Village. The Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendations to amend the Code are anticipated to be completed by late January of 2022.

In the meantime, the Planning Commission and Village Council will conduct public hearings to receive public input on the recommendations. Check the Village social media and the website periodically to find out when those hearings will be held.

For questions about the Zoning in Progress, contact the Community Development Department at (561) 841-3365.

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