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    Cyburbian zman's avatar
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    Infill development standards

    Anyone have any good Infill development standards for a small city's original nieghborhoods. I'm talking old house razing, for new construction as well as the development of empty lots. Residential only.

    Prana, any ideas? This could be happening right in your area...

    I have a meeting on the topic of implementing design standards and other regs as some infill development has gone the way of standing out in the older 'hoods. Plus I want to sound smart at the meeting
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    infill housing

    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    Anyone have any good Infill development standards for a small city's original nieghborhoods. I'm talking old house razing, for new construction as well as the development of empty lots. Residential only.

    Prana, any ideas? This could be happening right in your area...

    I have a meeting on the topic of implementing design standards and other regs as some infill development has gone the way of standing out in the older 'hoods. Plus I want to sound smart at the meeting
    First you may need to look at your local zoning. Make sure you can build on the lot with the smaller frontage. We had that problem around here until the zoning regs. were rewritten for the areas where the infill is happening. Saves the headache of variances. Go to http://www.pathnet.org/ or just google pathnet. Go to the search area type in what you need example: infill housing zoning. You will find all kinds of reports ,studies ,best practices etc... May give you ideas. Good Luck!

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    Here are some links to explore:

    http://www.enterprisefoundation.org/...RD/default.asp

    http://www.mrsc.org/Publications/infill1.pdf#search='design%20and%20development%20infill%20housing'

    http://www.greenbelt.org/downloads/r...martinfill.pdf
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    There is a book "Good Neighbors" or something very similar, and I believe it was published by those good folks in Fort Collins. Somebody stole my copy, but it is an excellent primer on infill in architecturally significant neighborhoods.
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    The latest copy of "Zoning news" has an article on this very topic... written by lane kendig. Our office passed a copy around- not sure if you can get it online or not.

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    Moderator note:
    Moving to Zoning, since, in the words of the OP:

    "Anyone have any good Infill development standards"

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    I'm assuming that you're not talking about the Lincoln Center but maybe the Feed & grain building? 4 stories with 100 units in the new building sounds like a lot and will definitely raise some eyebrows in the 'hood, but I'm all for it if it's a quality project.
    I'll get back to this topic when I have a minute.

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    We are in the approval process right now, trying to adopt standards for new homes on infill lots on the older neighborhoods. We've had an extreme rash of poorly designed houses with nothing but a garage door on a street right in the middle of 50, 60, 70 year old beautiful houses with large front porches and maybe a detached garage in the back. The home builders tell us this is what the customer wants. I ask them if they offer anything else and they don't seem to have an answer for that one. Just really ruins the neighborhood and the builder never cares.

    But I digress, anyways, the ordinance is up for adoption by our Council on September 7th. Feel free to contact me after then and if it's been adopted, I'd be happy to send you a copy of the ordinance.
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    BUMP September 27, 2006

    Wanted to BUMP this, as I am laying some groundwork to maybe create something for my office. This will occur when building slows and we;ve got to focus on other things, but I wanted something to read to fill the gaps.

    The previous information I gathered from the other posts in this thread helped immensely, just wondering if the Throbbing BrainTM has anything new.
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    Heck with zoning, go with a Form-based Code!

    Look at what’s around it, and require that the new construction have the similar character, build-to lines, parking, and architectural styles of the surrounding buildings.

    http://www.formbasedcodes.org/
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    We require a FAR that is the average of all the FAR's within 300' of the lot - that way, existing neighborhood "bulk" is maintianed in demo/rebuilds or infill's - FAR's can be modified if affordable units by deed are provided (20% buys you more bulk)

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