GR 'McMansion' Ordinance Stalled, Report Says
Status of zoning measure to restrict home sizes in one residential zone while allowing larger homes in another remains on the back burner.
A zoning ordinance designed to even the playing field of home sizes on residential lots in the borough remains at a standstill, the Glen Rock Gazette reports.
The borough's planning board last year agreed to cap home sizes to 5,500 sq. ft. regardless of lot size in the A-1 zone (known as Glen Rock's "Gold Coast") while allowing homes in the A-2 zone to build up to 4,400 feet, the paper reported Wednesday.
Basically, the multi-faceted ordinance would restrict building sizes in the A-1 lots while allowing homes in the A-2 lot to expand in the interest of "fairness".
"As currently regulated, homeowners with lot sizes of over 19,000 square feet in the A2 zone are penalized with respect to permitted floor area, while in the A-1 Zone, homeowners with lot sizes between 19,000 and 25,000 square feet can build homes that are excessively large," planning board consultant Christine Coffone was quoted as saying by the Gazette.
"In essence, those with substantial lot area in A1 are treated more favorably than those with the same situation in the A2 Zone," she added.
For reasons not specified by officials, the ordinance has not made it to the council dais for final approval nor is it on any future planning board agendas.