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Town of Westfield Code Review and Town Property Committee Report – April 3, 2006. James Foerst, Chairman Tom Bigosinski, Vice Chairman JoAnn Neylan Vicki Kimmins. Overdevelopment?. Approved Demolitions 2001 - 7 2002 - 10 2003 - 29 2004 - 68 2005 - 73. 2006 – POLICY DECISION?.

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town of westfield code review and town property committee report april 3 2006

Town of WestfieldCode Review and Town Property Committee Report – April 3, 2006

  • James Foerst, Chairman
  • Tom Bigosinski, Vice Chairman
  • JoAnn Neylan
  • Vicki Kimmins
overdevelopment
Overdevelopment?

Approved Demolitions

2001 - 7

2002 - 10

2003 - 29

2004 - 68

2005 - 73

2006 policy decision
2006 – POLICY DECISION?
  • INSTITUTE A POLICY OF CONTROLLED GROWTH?
    • Curtail “overdevelopment” while maintaining our residents’ ability to grow in present home
    • Preserve the existing look and feel of our unique streets and neighborhoods
    • Change zoning laws to control size of new construction
councilman echausse 2003
Councilman Echausse – 2003
  • Identify problem – McMansions/Shoehorning
  • Determine needed data
    • Study construction trends and document the existing character of our neighborhoods.
  • Create study parameters
  • Allocate funding
councilman caruana 2004
Councilman Caruana – 2004
  • Commission Pilot Study
    • Robert Catlin & Associates – Blais Brancheau
    • Document the existing character of our neighborhoods
    • What are the common elements of the new construction – size and scope?
    • What, if anything, can be done to control “overdevelopment?”
councilman foerst 2005
Councilman Foerst – 2005
  • Receive results of study
  • Determine potential courses of action
  • Solicit citizen and community input
    • Builders
    • Architects
    • Realtors
    • Attorneys
    • Developers
    • Historians
  • Review alternatives
  • Build Consensus
alternatives reviewed
Alternatives Reviewed
  • Historical District
    • Overly restrictive – not every property is historic.
  • Architectural Review Board
    • withstand judicial challenge?
  • Stricter Design Standards
    • promote public purpose?
key terms
Key Terms
  • Height – The highest point of a building from average grade
  • Lot Coverage – The amount of surface area that is covered by structures
  • Accessory Structures – Garages, gazebos and sheds
  • Floor to Area Ratio (FAR)
    • Calculation of the actual volume of the home in relation to lot size
    • Habitable Floor Area (technical exclusions)
      • Excludes that portion of the building that is not used for year-round occupancy - attached garages, unheated or screened porches, areas with cathedral ceilings, unheated/unfinished attics, chimneys, exterior walls and only includes one floor of stairwells
pilot study
PILOT STUDY

The study included a visual survey of more than 1000 homes of various styles in various zones around town.

recent changes
Recent Changes
  • 1998 – FAR – Town Council passes present definition
  • 2005 – Corner lot restrictions tightened to prevent shoe horning
  • 2005 – Height – reduced from 38 to 35 feet

Town Council ‘Heightens’

Discussion on McMansions

By MICHAEL J. POLLACK – September 22, 2005

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

WESTFIELD —The town

council’s Tuesday agenda meeting

focused on new height ordinances to

restrict McMansions. . . .

height
Height
  • Maximum of three (3) habitable floors (excluding basement)
  • Limitation to 35 feet
  • Sliding scale reducing height for smaller side yards to not less than 32 feet
  • Require a minimum 5 on 12 roof pitch (5 feet rise for ever 12 feet in length) for roofs above the 2nd floor
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FAR
  • Change definition from “habitable FAR” to “Gross FAR” – remove technical exclusions
  • Gross Floor to Area Ratio
    • “Includes both habitable and non-habitable area whether or not such areas actually contain a “floor” measured from the outside face of the exterior walls of the building”
    • “Excludes basements, attic areas with low ceiling heights, open porches and decks”
  • A true reflection of the actual volume of home
far easy reference tools
FAR – Easy Reference Tools

Maximum

  • MaximumF.A.R.
  • F.A.R.Detached
  • Lot AreaPrincipal Bldg.Accessory Bldgs.
  • (square feet)(% lot area, sf) (% lot area, sf)1
  • lesser oflesser of
  • 0 – 7,999 sf36%, 2,720 sf7.5%, 560 sf
  • 8,000 – 9,999 sf34%, 3,200 sf7.0%, 650 sf
  • 10,000 – 11,999 sf32%, 3,600 sf6.5%, 720 sf
  • 12,000 – 15,999 sf30%, 4,480 sf6.0%, 800 sf
  • 16,000 – 23,999 sf28%, 6,240 sf5.0%, 960 sf
  • 24,000 – 39,999 sf26%, 9,600 sf4.0%, 1,200 sf
  • 40,000 sf and over24%3.0%
detached accessory structures
Detached Accessory Structures
  • Removing the garage from the primary structure reduces the total volume of the home enhancing the curb appeal.
  • Provides mechanism to allow additional living space within primary structure - similar to decks/porches
  • Two smaller buildings have less detrimental impact on neighbors
  • Promotes preservation of existing streetscapes and increased sideyards
  • Limits the size of garage doors that can face the street – 40% of the principal building facade
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FAQs
  • Are the new houses being built with numerous variances?
  • Will homeowners be deprived of the right to develop their property?
  • Will changing the zoning ordinance hurt property values?
  • Can we impose a moratorium on building?
  • Can we change zoning for only new construction?
  • Are there are other reasonable alternatives?
goals
GOALS
  • Curtail “overdevelopment” while maintaining our residents’ ability to grow in present home
  • Preserve the existing look and feel of our unique streets and neighborhoods
  • Change zoning laws to control size of new construction
  • Work with community to understand problem and find consensus solution
future
FUTURE
  • Where do we go from here?

- Referral to the Planning Board – Public hearing schedule for May 18, 2006

- Solicit input from Board of Adjustment

- Citizen outreach

- Open and public discussion

- www.westfieldnj.gov