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Union - Utopia Rezoning - Approved!
Existing and Proposed Zoning
Overview | Existing and Proposed Zoning

Existing Zoning
The area is presently zoned R2, with C1-2 commercial overlays on 15 blockfronts along Union Turnpike.

The R2 district permits single-family detached homes with a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 0.5 on lots with an area of at least 3,800 square feet, and a minimum width of 40 feet. The R2 zoning does not set absolute limits on building height, and exempts the first floor of a house from floor area calculations under certain conditions, including the presence of a garage on the first floor. The height flexibility and floor area exemptions allow homes to nearly double their floor space, resulting in development considerably larger than typical homes in the vicinity.

Proposed Zoning
The proposed action would rezone the R2 district to a R2A district. In R2A zoning districts, residential development would be limited to one-family detached houses with a maximum FAR of 0.5, the same as in R2. The minimum lot area is 3,800 square feet and the minimum lot width is 40 feet, also the same as in R2 districts. A minimum 20-foot side yard would be required for development on corner lots. A front yard with a minimum depth of 15 feet must be at least as deep as an adjacent front yard. Floor area exemptions are limited to 300 square feet for an enclosed accessory parking structure. Maximum building height would be 35 feet, and maximum perimeter wall height 21 feet.

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Existing Zoning Map
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Overview | Existing and Proposed Zoning

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