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Posted on: June 1, 2021

'Zoning in Progress' to address concerns about new home styles

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 massing 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.
  • Requiring that landscaping cover 35% of the property for a single story home and 40% of the property for a two-story home. 50% of the front yard must be landscaped for both one and two-story homes.

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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