City planning staff will hold an informational meeting at 6PM at the East District Initiative (25th&M Street) to discuss plans to re-zone Union Hill. [via]
Last night’s meeting was another in a long line of meetings at which Union Hill residents and property owners have expressed support for the R-63 zoning designation. There were in attendance two or three new homeowners who had not participated in the process over the past two years and a number of developers interested in the commercial corridors of 25th Street and Jefferson Avenue.
City Planning Staff have promised that they will pursue a parking overlay for Urban Business districts in the coming months which is key to the revitalization of 25th Street. Betty Squire, our Councilperson, and Sam Patterson, her liaison, were also in attendance.
As I have commented before, the Union Hill Civic Association unanimously endorsed R-63 for the entire interior of the neighborhood because we believe it is the best means of reestablishing a walkable, sustainable community with access to housing for persons at every stage of life, as well as access to goods and services.
R-63 is primarily a residential zoning tool that allows for single family and row houses. R-63 also permits multi-family housing on any lot larger than 4,000 square feet at a rate of 1 unit per 1,000 square feet of the underlying parcel. It has a maximum set back of 15 feet and a minimum height requirement of 24 feet. Fenestration must be toward the street. Commercial uses are permitted by right in 2,500 square feet of the first floor of each corner lot. The commercial activity is limited to neighborhood uses such as restaurants, art galleries, dry cleaners, etc. and there are NO parking requirements.
The Planning Commission voted unanimously today in favor of a motion of intent to rezone Union Hill to reflect the request of the community that the interior of the neighborhood be zoned R-63. The civic association spoke in favor of the motion and reminded the Commission that R-63 is one step toward our larger vision of the neighborhood that includes Old and Historic designation, as well as parking exemption for our commercial corridors.
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