My community just enacted a LCR ordinance which, in my opinion, is completely insane. I'm a novice, granted....so I want to get some input from real planners who know what they are doing.
It is my understanding that LCR's are, in and of themselves, somewhat controversial, but even putting that larger issue aside for now....I am curious to get your opinion as to how our ordinance compares to similar ordinances you have seen around the country.
Our new standard is a max of 18% lot coverage for 1 acre lot....which includes home, garages, driveway, sidewalks, decks, pools.....any and all impervious surfaces. The scale slides depending on lot size. Link to copy of ordinance is provided below.
Basic background: We are a rural community on well and septic. Lot sizes vary dramatically...from 5 acre estate lots with horses to 1/2 acre subdivision lots.
My opinion is that this is insanely strict. I've tried to compile all the examples of LCRs I can on-line, and ours seems out of whack. Plus, it seems of questionable necessity in general, given the fact that home owners in our community already have to reserve a great deal of open space for a septic field + a 100% expansion area in case of field failure. Plus required setbacks, etc.
Not sure what our PC is smoking...but I've requested and read through all their paperwork on this, and I *think* that what might have happened is this....they looked at percentages from another community's FAR ordinance and ran with them....not taking into account that FAR is not equivalent to LCR. (The first draft was a FAR chart....but it looks like it got changed into a LCR standard without changing the ratio.) BTW, the Plan Commission Chair told the community and Board that FARs are MORE restrictive than LCRs, so we are actually much more lenient. Am I missing something??.....doesn't the average additional floor of a home amount to a lot less square footage than all other imperious surfaces combined...driveway, sidewalks, etc., etc???
Looking forward to your input. Thanks, glp
Ordinance can be viewed at:
(Dan) Fixed the URL. Sorry about not being able to use a URL until your fifth post; it's a spam prevention feature.