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  Item # 6.       
Meeting Date: 12/03/2014  
Requested by: Bayer Vella
Submitted By: Matt Michels, Development Infrastructure Services
Department: Community Development & Public Works  

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SUBJECT:
PUBLIC HEARING:  REQUEST FOR A REVISION TO AN APPROVED REZONING FROM R1-144 TO R1-7 FOR A 120-LOT SINGLE-FAMILY DEVELOPMENT ON APPROXIMATELY 45 ACRES, LOCATED EAST OF IRONWOOD RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF NARANJA DRIVE, BY REQUESTING TO UTILIZE THE BUILDING SETBACK REDUCTION ENABLED BY THE ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE LANDS (ESL) SECTION OF THE ZONING CODE
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends approval of the proposed side yard building setback reduction.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
On April 2, 2014, the Town Council approved the rezoning for the 120-lot Meritage on Naranja single-family residential subdivision as a Conservation Subdivision Design utilizing the lot size reduction incentive. The applicant requests approval to reduce the required minimum side yard building setback from 7.5 feet to 5 feet to accommodate the homes planned for the subdivision. This reduction is allowed as a flexible design option enabled by the Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) requirements and it is intended to help accommodate the smaller development footprint of Conservation Subdivision Design.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
The intent of the ESL section of the Zoning Code is that all flexible design options are requested by the applicant during the rezoning process. This allows staff and Town Council timely and coordinated review of all associated requests. Although this was not done during the initial public rezoning for the Meritage on Naranja subdivision, it is the applicant's prerogative to reopen a rezoning request for consideration of flexible design options, subject to Town Council approval.

The ESL requirements permit building setback reductions as a flexible design option. The original Tentative Development Plan (Attachment 1) was approved as a Conservation Subdivision Design utilizing the lot reduction incentive. 

A Conservation Subdivision Design allows smaller lot sizes in exchange for the preservation of additional natural open space. A commensurate reduction in the side yard building setback is warranted to account for the reduced lot size. The applicant is requesting a reduction in minimum side yard building setbacks from 7.5 feet to 5 feet. Approval of this reduction will allow the subdivision to fully utilize the Conservation Subdivision Design option originally approved by Town Council.

This request  is consistent with the review criteria in Section 27.10.D.3.F.2.c.ii and represents a minor reduction in minimum side yard building setbacks. The reduction will provide additional developable area to accommodate the proposed homes and achieve the development program approved as depicted on the Tentative Development Plan. As a result, staff recommends approval of this request.
FISCAL IMPACT:
N/A
SUGGESTED MOTION:
The Council may wish to consider one of the following motions:

I MOVE to APPROVE the applicant's request to reduce minimum side yard setbacks from 7.5 feet to 5 feet, finding that the request is consistent with the objectives of the Environmentally Sensitive Lands section of the zoning code.

OR

I MOVE to DENY the applicant's request to reduce minimum side yard setbacks from 7.5 feet to 5 feet, finding that the request is not consistent with the objectives of the Environmentally Sensitive Lands section of the zoning code, specifically _______________________.
Attachments
ATTACHMENT 1 - TENTATIVE DEVELOPMENT PLAN


    

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