This is the second in a two-part look at zoning in the Northeast. Read part one here.
Councilman Brian O’Neill and the Zoning Code Commission’s executive director argued over zoning regulations at the April meeting of the Greater Bustleton Civic League. The draft is the first citywide revision of the zoning laws in 50 years.
ZCC Executive Director Eva Gladstein said parts of the code may apply to the Northeast more than other areas.
One of those issues is family-based childcare in the home. The restrictions in place for such an establishment are not changing for family-based childcare. The one distinction is the amount of children allowed in the home.
“For childcare in someone’s home, in the 6th and 10th council districts, the number of non-related children allowed in the home is only four. In the rest of the city the number is up to six,” Gladstein said.
Zoning classifications for parks and recreations will be changed under the draft.
“One thing we’re doing is enabling private participles to be zoned for parks,” Gladstein said. “Now it says only land owned by the city can be a park.”
The new code is requiring new developers to notify registered civic associations and to have a neighborhood meeting before completing their zoning variance.
“I think that will be positively affecting the Northeast since it has so many active civic associations,” Gladstein said.
The number of days allotted for posting a zoning hearing is being increased to 21 days. Another posting is being required if the hearing is continued to another day.
The Zoning Code Commission is changing the organization of the code. continue reading »