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File #: ID 20-0541    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed
File created: 7/14/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/21/2020 Final action: 7/21/2020
Title: Public Hearing for the Adoption of a Land Development Ordinance Amendment to Create Modification Provisions to Allow Single Family Detached Residential Developments within the General Watershed Area and Other Watershed Districts to Use Percentage of Built Upon Area to Measure Density (Planning Board Option "B")
Attachments: 1. Planning Board Minutes.pdf, 2. 20-0541 LDO ORD Option B.pdf
Title
Public Hearing for the Adoption of a Land Development Ordinance Amendment to Create Modification Provisions to Allow Single Family Detached Residential Developments within the General Watershed Area and Other Watershed Districts to Use Percentage of Built Upon Area to Measure Density (Planning Board Option "B")

Body
Council Priority: Create an Environment to Promote Economic Development Opportunities and Job Creation / Maintain Infrastructure and Provide Sustainable Growth Opportunities

Department: Planning
Council District: All

Public Hearing: Yes
Advertising Date/By: July 2, 2020 and July 9, 2020/City Clerk

Contact 1 and Phone: Sue Schwartz, 373-2149
Contact 2 and Phone: Steve Galanti, 373-2918

PURPOSE:
The purpose of the text amendment is to amend the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) to create modification provisions to allow single family detached residential developments within the general watershed area and other watershed districts to use percentage of built upon area to measure density. The City Council is required to hold a public hearing on this amendment before considering its approval.

BACKGROUND:
The State mandated watershed regulations require certain development standards for developments based on their density. The more dense the development, the stricter the regulations. Since the creation of the watershed regulations, Greensboro has been measuring density in single family subdivisions by using the "units per acre" measurement. Several months ago, the development community notified Greensboro staff that there had been an interpretation from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality that allows municipalities to use either "unit per acre" or "percentage of built upon area" to measure density in single family developments. Staff received confirmation from Annette Lucas, with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, that the new interpretation is supported by their staff, DEMLR leadership, and department ...

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