Washington Planning and Zoning Commission members voted Monday night to table two preliminary plat applications while officials review a code provision regarding corner lots with frontage on two streets.
Keith Williams is seeking approval to create two lots on property at the corner of Sixth and Hooker streets. The property is zoned R-2 Overlay District which allows single-family home lots of 6,000 square feet.
Art Jasper has requested to resubdivide three lots into two lots on property at East Fifth Street and Zetta Drive. That property is zone C-2 commercial.
At issue with both applications is a code provision requiring front yard setbacks on both sides of a corner lot. The setback is determined based on the front yard setback of adjacent existing buildings, said Dan Boyce, city engineer.
Based on that, the corner lot on the property owned by Williams may be “unbuildable” due to the setback of an existing building on Hooker, according to Boyce.
In the case of the corner lot on the Jasper property, an adjacent structure on Zetta Drive has no front yard setback, meaning no front setback would be required along Zetta Drive for the corner lot there.
However, on the side facing Fifth Street, an adjacent building has a 57-foot front yard setback, it was pointed out.
The code provision also states that “the buildable width of such lot shall not be reduced to less than thirty (30) feet.”
City Counselor Mark Piontek suggested that both requests be tabled while he and Boyce look for a way to resolve the issue.
“We’re not going to resolve this here tonight,” Piontek remarked.
Boyce said the corner lot setback is one issue that will be addressed in an upcoming study of the city’s subdivision and zoning codes.
City officials recently met with representatives of Peckham Guyton Albers and Viets Inc. (PGAV) consulting firm to negotiate a contract for the study.
PGAV was the firm recommended by a committee that interviewed several planning consultants.
Boyce said the next step is for PGAV to submit a scope of services and fee schedule for the job.
“They haven’t gotten back with that yet,” Boyce said.
Officials hope the study can be completed by fall and proposed updates implemented after that.
The goal of the study is to make sure that the zoning codes are compatible with the subdivision codes.