I'm looking for ordinances that place architectural controls on the nature of new infill housing within older neighborhoods.
As with many other communities in the southwest, the bulk of our housing dates to the boom of the eighties, but we also have some much older portions of town. Some of the areas built out in the fifties have 900 to 1000 sq ft houses built on lots that could concievably contain four or five houses constructed under our current zoning ordinances.
Many of these lots are being purchased, replatted, and subdivided into five or six lots, and nice, new two story brick houses are being built in between these tiny, old, wood framed units.
While this helps accomplish the city's goal of increasing the stock of single family housing, the market value of these new units is astronomical compared to neighboring housing, and more importantly, the existing residents of the older parts of town are feeling threatened by the new development.
We have been instructed to put together an ordinance that would insure that infill housing would blend in with the existing neighborhoood, and I was wondering if any other community had put together such an ordinance in the past.
We are looking for a way to "have our cake and eat it too". Some rules that can allow developers to continue profitably putting together infill projects while making enough stylistic concessions to neighborhood activists to keep them from opposing every such proposal...
Any leads would be helpful...as far as I can tell, most other communities would be too happy about a good infill market to risk limiting projects in this way.