Our town is running up against what I see as an interesting problem. The zoning, written in the 50's seems to address primarily the issues of property outside the village center. As a result, all of the houses located in the Village are pre-existing, non-conforming (due to lot sizes and setbacks). This means that for anyone to do any work on their home in terms of small additions, etc., they need to get a variance, and typically the variances are granted, because the ZBA recognizes the hardship. It is my belief that a variance should be the exception, not the rule? Or is that crazy?
Anyway, I'm working with some others in my town to look at how to adapt the code to address the discrepency and allow for the natural density of the Village to be supported. Aside from the New Urbanist form-based codes, is anyone aware of a code that addresses this type of a situation in a sensible manner?
Thanks for any help you can offer!