Major site alterations are major modifications to the property that can have a significant impact on its value, structure, and use. Major site changes include additions to the property, development of spaces, and alterations to already existing sites. Major site alterations may also include demolishing structures, installing a new building, altering land usage, and other structural changes.
Minor site plan changes are any change to the approved major site plan that meets one or more of these criteria (but not both): major use of the property would change from its current use, the change would result in a substantial increase in the lot’s or block’s usable surface area, the proposed change would decrease the site’s or block’s utility and infrastructure costs, and the proposed change would result in increased land use efficiency. When approving the final site plan, the Planning Board will consider each of these items in order to make an informed decision about whether to approve the plan. The Planning and Zoning departments will consider the impact of all proposed changes before making a final site plan review 메이저사이트.
When considering proposed changes to major site plans, the Planning and Zoning departments will consider: the impact on the market value of property, impact on current and future land use patterns, and the effect of any proposed changes on the surrounding community. If any property proposed to be altered is zoned as a secondary use, the impact to the adjacent properties must be weighed with the value of neighboring properties. If the property is to be a primary residential area, the impact on property taxes must also be considered. In most instances, the Planning and Zoning departments will require a significant number of site-specific amenities such as playgrounds, bicycle paths, covered walkways, etc., before changing a land use’s zoning classification.
Changes to a major site plan amendment would affect both commercial and residential uses. Any proposed alterations that would increase the square footage of buildings or add to the amount of occupied floor area would need to be approved by the Planning and Zoning departments. Any additions to the amount of occupied floor area would need to go through the commercial/residential planning staff. Any alteration that would decrease the amount of total square footage in a structure would need to go through the property management agency. Major site modifications that would make an existing structure safer such as installing fire detectors in high-rise apartment complexes would need to be reviewed by a fire safety review team under the supervision of a certified fire safety specialist.
In most cases, a major site modification can only be done to a single-family dwelling such as a duplex, condominium, or single-family home. However, new developments may be added to a multi-unit building to include high-rise apartments. Any changes made to an existing multi-unit development need to go through the approval process of a designated entity, such as the city, state, or county. Approval for any changes to the existing single-family dwellings need to be submitted to the Joint Review Committee on Code Changes for additional information.
To illustrate how minor site plan amendments can affect development, let’s revisit the duplex example from earlier. Under the previous zoning policy, a two-story duplex was permitted with a parking garage. The new single-family plan, which was designed to include a loghome high-rise apartment building with ground-floor retail and first floors amenity space, removed the garage. This necessitated a structural change that will affect the parking garage use. The change required the removal of three floors and the alteration of another three floors that are currently being used for basement remodeling. The new parking garage would have to be added on top of this newly configured structure.
It is important to remember that even minor alterations to a multi-unit (multi-family) development do not always require prior approval from the neighboring communities. For example, if a single family home has already been built on the property and there is no use of basement space for an apartment unit, it would not be appropriate to change the zoning to a three-story duplex just to increase the number of units. The applicant would need to file an application for a change to the deed of trust and building plan. There are very few exceptions to this rule.
If the rezone change is part of a comprehensive plan package, the local planning and zoning office may require an architectural plan review. Under most situations, this will involve submitting a new detailed site plan along with new drawings of features such as sidewalks, driveways, entrances, ramps and garages. Any significant deviations from the new site plan will probably need to be brought to the notice of aldermen, who usually serve as voting members on the planning and zoning committees. If the rezone proposal is not acceptable, the developer might have to fight a re-vote at the next town hall meeting.