Head’s up builders! Check out the latest round of proposed controls for residential development and renovation in our town

PROPOSED CONTROLS ON DEMOLITIONS AND ALTERATIONS

Internal Remodels (without expanding the exterior envelope) that remove 25% of the internal structural walls would not be allowed if:

  • the existing building resembles the surrounding building with respect to mass or architecture; or
  • the replacement building does not match the surrounding buildings with respect to mass and architecture; or
  • the replacement building requires a variance; or
  • the replacement building contains a garage; or
  • the replacement building exceeds 1200sq ft.

“Major Expansion of a Residential Building” (expanding the total sq ft by 10% or more through a vertical addition or 20% through a horizontal addition) would not be allowed if:

  • the existing building resembles the surrounding building with respect to mass or architecture; or
  • the replacement building does not match the surrounding buildings with respect to mass and architecture; or
  • the replacement building requires a variance; or
  • the replacement building contains a garage; or
  • the replacement building exceeds 1200sq ft.

“Major Expansion of a Residential Building” that removes more than half of a building’s walls; or more than a quarter of a building’s interior structural walls; or more than a quarter of a building’s façade would not be allowed if:

  • a unit that was occupied by a tenant within the last five years or
  • a below market rate or rent-control unit

Demolition

A project would be prohibited if it would remove a below market rate or rent-control unit or a unit that was occupied by a tenant within the last five years.

Proposed controls defines a demolition as removing:

  • more than half of a building’s walls; or
  • more than a quarter of a building’s interior structural walls; or
  • more than a quarter of a building’s façade

The demolition would not be allowed if:

  • the existing building resembles the surrounding building with respect to mass or architecture; or
  • the replacement building does not match the surrounding buildings with respect to mass and architecture; or
  • the replacement building requires a variance; or
  • the replacement building contains a garage; or
  • the replacement building exceeds 1200sq ft.