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Planning & Zoning Commission Votes Unanimously on “Attics & Basements” Proposal

After waiting five hours, a group of about 20 residents got the answer they had been waiting for. It was after midnight when the Planning & Zoning commission voted on the proposed amendment to the way FAR is calculated for attics and basement. Continue Reading →

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Planning & Zoning Set to Decide on “Attics & Basements” Proposal on Tuesday

Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning meeting (March 7), which starts at 7:00pm at Town Hall, will include a long-awaited decision on a proposal to change the way Floor Area Ratio is calculated in Greenwich.
With attics and basements calculated in FAR a lot of older homes are being scrapped in favor of new ones with flatter roofs and terraced walls to bury basements. There has been concern among the commission and some residents that the change would result in new construction being even bigger. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Mulls Attics & Basements: Packed House Testy at Times

At Tuesday’s Planning & Zoning meeting, there was an interesting conversation about a proposal to exclude attics and basements in calculations for Floor-Area-Ratio (FAR) of homes in Greenwich. Some residents grew frustrated, even though the commissioners agreed, in concept, with the idea of excluding attics and basements from FAR calculations. Continue Reading →

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Packed Hearing on FAR for Attics & Basements Brings Complaints: Walls and Dirt, Trussed Attics, Flat Rooftops

Dozens testified at a public hearing on a proposal to eliminate attics and basements from FAR. Many said the regulations have contributed to poor architecture, with people burying basements behind dirt and retaining walls, and in the worse cases, building “wedding cakes.” On the attic side, people argued that trussed attics are a waste of space and fire hazard.

Paul Pugliese said older homes with attics and basements that are counted toward FAR are being torn down because it is often cheaper to “start over.” Continue Reading →

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P&Z Hearing to Tackle FAR Calculation for Attics and Basements, Plus the Wedding Cake Effect

A public hearing of the Planning & Zoning Commission is set for Tuesday Nov 15 at Greenwich Town Hall. The purpose of the hearing is for input on the proposed amendment regulation concerning how FAR is calculated. Specifically, the proposal would exclude attics and basements from FAR calculation. The idea is to give homeowners more flexibility in how they use their homes, and stop the proliferation of retaining walls and drastically altered topography. Continue Reading →

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