says it supports reducing lot-width standards
Village Planning Commission said last week that it would consider decreasing
the frontage requirements in all three of the Villages residential
Commission members said the action would roll back the frontage, or lot
width, requirements to pre-1981 levels, when todays standards were
Board members said that they wanted to roll back the requirements so that
the requirements correspond with the way the local zoning districts and
neighborhoods were originally platted.
Meeting on Feb. 10, Planning Commission voted 40 to ask Village
Manager Rob Hillard to present the commission with a proposal to change
section 1250.02 of the Village Zoning Code, which covers permitted
uses in the Villages residential districts. Commission member
Cy Tebbetts was absent.
The commission will hold a public hearing on the measure at its next meeting,
March 10. If approved, the proposal would be forwarded to Village Council,
which would have to approve it for the change to become official.
Under the proposal, the frontage requirements in all three zoning districts
Residence A to 60 feet from 75
Residence B to 50 feet from 60
Residence C to 45 feet from 60
The proposal plan board will consider next month will likely only affect
Other zoning requirements, such as setbacks, would not be changed, the
According to a Village zoning map and Zoning Code, Residence A includes
the south end of town and the far western and northern neighborhoods in
Yellow Springs. The district allows for medium-density single-family residential
Residence B is the largest residential zoning district in the village
and includes most of the central and northern areas of town. The zoning
district allows for medium-density, single-, two- and three-family and
Residence C includes the neighborhood around Mills Lawn and near downtown.
It allows for high-density, one-, two- and three-family and multifamily
Plan board also said that it would consider creating a new residential
district for large houses. Saying that they needed more time to discuss
this idea, commission members said they would address this proposal separately
from the lot-width measure.
The commission is considering creating a Residence A1 district, which
would have similar requirements now currently contained in Residence A.
The frontage for this new zone would be 75 feet.
Plan board members said the new district would provide landowners with
the option to build bigger houses. The commission chairman, John Struewing,
said that he would support the rollback proposal if the commission created
a Residence A1 district.
Commission members said that the new zone would not be applied to a specific
property. Rather, they said, it would be available for landowners to place
on their properties.
The new district would likely be used on new subdivisions or large pieces
of land that are annexed into Yellow Springs.
These changes are not surprising. Planning Commission members had indicated
last year that they were interested in rolling back the frontage requirements
to their pre-1981 numbers as well as creating a new zoning district for
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In other Planning Commission business:
Plan board discussed its goals for 2003, which were carried over
and slightly amended from the commissions goals for last year. The
commissions top four goals remain the same: revise the Village Comprehensive
Plan, rethink lot size requirements, review the minor subdivision
regulations and create a mixed-use zone, or commerce park zone.
The board did make a few changes to the goal list, mostly goals 5 through
10, which are as follows: review building impediments, define the towns
urban service boundary, review traffic and pedestrian issues (the four
issues analysis report), relate goals to their costs, continue meeting
with the Miami Township Zoning Commission and work with the Zoning Commission
to review zoning alternatives for the Glass and Kinney farms.
Planning Commission agreed to hold a public hearing on March 10
on a proposal to amend the Villages minor subdivision regulations,
1226.11. The commission will consider amending the regulations to allow
up to five lots to be created from an original parcel. The current regulation
allows for three lots to be created. The change will put the Villages
regulation in compliance with state law for minor subdivisions, commission
If approved, the proposal would go to Council for approval.
Struewing reported that plan boards two subcommittees, the
Bicycle Enhancement Committee and the Northern Gateway Committee, have
combined and will now work as one group. The committee, which does not
have a new name yet, will meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7
p.m. in the Bryan Community Center.
The bicycle committee works to make Yellow Springs more bike friendly
and the Northern Gateway Committee is working on a plan to build a bike
spur from the bikepath to the Cemetery Street parking lot and improve
that parking lot.