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Thank you for looking further into my topic, I appreciate for any suggestions or comments you may have.
My name is James L. Richter II, and I am a Planner for the City of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Our Department is currently researching alternatives to a provision in our Zoning Ordinance which regulates building height. Our current Ordinance allows a maximum building height of 25 feet and 2 stories maximum in the "O" Office District. However, recently many architects have found ways around the Ordinance and have attempted to create architectual features that appear as actual floors, but which they claim are solely roof-top structures, skylights, or other features. In addition, our Ordinance measures building height from the front elevation of the building only, leaving an opening for architects to create three stories at the rear elevation, and one or two stories at the front elevation.
Therefore, I have two questions:
1)Would anyone be able to provide examples of exeptions to the Zoning Ordinance for architectural features, and/or a way to prevent this distortion of the Ordinance from occuring in the future?
2)Does anyone have any suggestions for alternative ways in which building height may be measured?
Again, your responses would be greatly apprectiated. Thanks!