LMDR

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Low-Medium Density Residential (LMDR) is one of the new Nontransect Zones. It allows single-family houses, duplexes, and ADUs. It is meant to be closest to SF-3 in the old code, but many advocates believe it represents a significant downzoning from SF-3. The closest Transect Zones are the T3 family. Unfortunately, it was mapped over much of the urban core. LMDR is described at 23-4D 3090.


Recommendations

Comment Page/Section
Remove 80' 1-story limitation. Among other things, it would disallow two-story ADUs at the back of the lot and seriously limit the total possible area of an ADU. 23-4D 3090
Shorten 20' rear setback to 5' or remove it entirely. The 20' rear setback is a significant obstacle for ADUs at the rear of the lot
Increase height from 2 stories to 3 stories, at least in the urban core. Nowhere in the urban core should be capped at two stories.
Reduce or Remove 15' front setback. This is in addition to the 10' setback for ROW. 25' total is excessive as a minimum. 23-4D 3090
At very least Clarify that less restrictive of 2300sf and .4 FAR should apply, and/or remove the 2300sf requirement 23-4D 3090
There should be no FAR limits. It is redundant given impervious cover and height limits and there is no policy rationale to care about it. 23-4D 3090
Nothing called "low medium density residential" -- and certainly nothing like this zone -- should be anywhere in the urban core.