In our existing zoning code, city planners use a calculation (the number of units divided by the size of the lot) to set a maximum limit on how many residential units can be built on a single piece of property. The Module 2 draft proposes removing the density calculation requirement of dwelling units per acre in residential zones to focus on design criteria, like maximum height, required parking, minimum lot sizes and setbacks to limit the impact of development.
These changes are proposed because physical dimensions are often a better way to make sure new development “fits in” with existing neighborhoods, and because arbitrary dwelling unit/acre requirements often prevent the construction of innovative and new types of housing. These regulations are found in Section 11-04-03.2.A.
Do you feel this proposed change will help encourage creative housing design and various housing types?