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Text Amendment to Section 400.3090
With this amendment, you can rebuild or reconstruct a non-conforming accessory structure, like a garage, without having to make it comply with current setback requirements so long as the new structure is not more non-conforming than the last. For example, you can rebuild a garage that was less than five feet from your side property line on the same footprint of the old garage because the new garage will not be more non-conforming than the last.
Text Amendment to Sections 400.3080 and 400.1020
This text amendment changes the minimum lot area and widths in older residential subdivisions so as to promote infill development. It allows lots to be subdivided so long as the lots created from the subdivision are similar in width and area to those around them. Previously, the code required a single family (SR) or limited residential (LR) zoned lot to be at least 100 feet wide and 12,000 square feet in area before it could be subdivided to create two new lots. With this text amendment, you can subdivide a property that is under 100 feet wide and 12,000 square feet in area so long as the lots you create from that split meet the new minimum width and area requirements for your subdivision. Additionally, if you own an empty lot next to yours and it is under 50 feet wide or under 6,000 square feet in area, you can build on both lots and sell off the lot next door so long as your lots meet the new minimum area and width requirements for your subdivision. The new area and width requirements for subdivisions are in the table as follows.
Table 1: Subdivisions and their prevailing pattern dimensions for lots in subdivisions platted prior to the City’s first zoning code in 1926.
Minimum Area (SF)
Minimum Width (ft)
Balson's at Olive
Balson's at Shaftesbury Heights
De Soto Place
Richardson Washington Park
Amherst Blocks 7000-7300Tulane and Dartmouth Blocks 7000-7100Parcels north of and not including 728 Pennsylvania
University Park No. 2
West Chamberlain Park
West University No. 3