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 →
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 →