Residents respond to hearing

Mar. 04, 2013 @ 06:53 PM

Henderson planners recommended that the city council adopt a zoning change impacting how properties on Julia and Francis avenues can be developed. The issue drew more than a dozen residents to a public hearing on Monday.

City Attorney John H. Zollicoffer and Henderson Planning Department staff caught what they deemed an inconsistency in how the small, high-density area lots were zoned for more restrictive low-density area limits on development easements and property buffers.

The low-density, or less dense in population, zoned areas are neighborhoods with larger lots to accommodate larger spaces around constructed homes.

City Planning Director Erris Dunston explained to the residents of Julia and Francis avenues at the public hearing that the larger-footage restrictions from side-to-side, front and back would limit homes on the nearly 70 impacted lots to small structures of approximately 35-by-30 feet.

A number of the impacted lots already have homes on them that are under a grandfather clause to allow their larger sizes, but the restrictions would impact them if property owners wanted to make changes such as additional construction.

“What we identified is that many of the lots do not meet the requirements,” Dunston said. “Lots would not be capable of many building improvements.”

She told property owners and residents on Monday that the change from a residential-20 to a residential-6 designation would alleviate the problem, “giving you more space for if you develop the property,” she said.

The properties are in the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the Henderson Planning Board.

Michael Rainey, the board chairman and also a member of the Henderson City Council, said the recommendation will go before the council for approval at an upcoming regular council meeting.

“All of our recommendations are presented to the City Council, and they will either approve or disapprove of it,” Rainey said.

Rainey joined other board members in assessing the R-20 designation as a mistake for that area that needs to be corrected with the less restrictive R-6 designation to allow for larger homes to be constructed.

The R-20 restrictions require 35-foot setbacks in front, a 30-foot buffer in the back and 15 feet of space on each side.

The R-6 restrictions scale those down to 25 feet in front, 15 feet in the rear and eight feet on each side.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.