Wednesday, October 3, 2012

But what about those duplexes?

Before the city Zoning Committee deferred its decision on a controversial rezoning for a Walgreens in the Dilworth neighborhood, the panel – a subcommittee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission – also postponed another controversial proposal.

City staff have proposed changing the Charlotte zoning ordinance, to allow duplexes on any property zoned for single-family residential. Some neighborhoods have protested, saying they worry that too many duplexes will bring rentals to otherwise stable neighborhoods and that single-family-home neighborhoods should stay that way. Want to read more on that? Click here: "Garage apartments now legal; duplex move stalls."

The duplex proposal is part of a larger city initiative to increase the amount of affordable housing throughout the city, rather than letting it cluster in a few parts of the city. Read more about that initiative here.


Anonymous said...

Density increases should at least come with better design. What is to stop developers from building more front-loaded, garage/driveway-dominated duplexes, triplexes and quadraplexs?

Sure, the text amendment allows the non-garage portion of the residence to be built five feet closer to the street than the garage. But five feet hardly makes an aesthetic difference in the garage dominating the front facades of housing for our cars. Plus, there is no design standard to prevent a driveway from covering the entire front yard. And if cheap developer (Charlotte certainly has its share) doesn't even build a garage, the front yard effectively becomes a parking pad of multiple cars for all the extra units.

Yes, added density can help Charlotte support transit and walking. But without good design, just increasing density can turn Charlotte into another Atlanta, Houston or LA, with more people all still dependent upon their cars for even the shortest of trips.

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