ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Roger Pearce called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 East Main Street.
February 25, 2020
Community Development Director Bill Molnar announced there would be site visit to the 476 North Laurel Street cottage housing development in lieu of a Study Session March 24, 2020. Ashland was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders for best practices regarding the cottage housing ordinance.
|Troy Brown, Jr.
||Bill Molnar, Community Development Director
Maria Harris, Planning Manager
Dana Smith, Executive Assistant
||Stefani Seffinger, absent
Community Development Director Bill provided history on the process. This was an opportunity for the following:
- Draft Amendments to Open Space Standards
Planning Manager Maria Harris provided a presentation (see attached):
- To make the code clearer and more consistent.
- Ensure the standard allowed flexibility in having common open space and private open space.
- Clarify what could be included and what should not be included in the common areas.
- Clear up general standards.
Ms. Harris clarified a parameter setback could not be used for common space but could for private yard area. It did not apply to the front yard. The language needed to be cleaned up. She confirmed the minimum dimensions for common open space was 20 feet.
Commissioner KenCairn suggested changing the private yard requirement from six-foot depth to an eight-foot depth.
The Commission agreed with staff’s recommendation to delete “Common open space may include areas that provide for the preservation or enhancement of natural features such as wetlands, floodplain corridors, ponds, larger tress, and rock outcroppings,” from the following sections:
- When is Open Space Required?
- Multifamily Development: 231-235 Hersey
- Attached Single-Family Development: 429 Scenic
- Attached Single-Family Development:1068 East Main
- Single-Family Detached Development: Helman Springs Subdivision
- What Stays the Same?
- Proposed Amendments for Definitions
- Proposed Amendments for Common Open Space
- Proposed Amendments for Private Open Space
- Open Space Terminology
- Next Steps
The Commission reviewed each section and made changes to the following:
Section 1. 18.4.2.030 Residential Development
- Section 1. 18.4.2.030 Residential Development, (H) Open Space, (h) Natural Areas.
- Section 3. 18.3.9.050 Performance Standards for Residential Developments, (3) Common Open Space Required (a)(iii).
- Section 4. 18.6.1.030 Definitions, Common Open Space.
Section 2. 18.2.5.080 Residential Density Calculation in R-2 and R-3 Zones, (F) 3. Density Bonus Point Criteria (b) Common Open Space.
- Rewrite H. Open Space Section 2 (b) Dimensional Standards.
- H. Open Space (1)(g) Credit for Proximity to a Park. Change the walking distance from one-quarter mile to one-eighth of a mile.
Section 3. 18.3.9.050 Performance Standards for Residential Developments.
- Remove the purpose statements.
- Add a reference to Section 1 (H)(2) in (F)(3)(b) Common Open Space, sentence “A one percent sentence bonus shall be awarded for each one percent of the total project area in common open space in excess of the base requirement.”
Section 4. 18.6.1.030 Definitions
- In (A)(3) Common Open Space Required (a) Required Area (iii) Natural Areas include the ability to provide unenclosed structures.
Meeting adjourned at 8:51 p.m.
Dana Smith, Executive Assistant
- First sentence in Open Space, add “Unless otherwise specified in this land use code,” at the beginning and revise “…or structuring urban development and form (or creating a pattern of development).”
- Under Open Space, revise the language in Private Open Space to exclude the indication that front yards could be used.