This week the Fayetteville City Council passed (7-1) an Amendment to City Ordinance §164.23 Single-Family Infill Standards which amended the City Ordinance that states that:
164.23 – Single-family Infill Standards
Lots with 46 feet – 69 feet of street frontage.
Each home shall have a clearly defined front door and windows on the ground floor façade facing the street. This is only required on one side of the home where there is more than one street frontage.
Garage openings that are on the same side of the home as the front door shall be recessed at least 5 feet behind the principal façade.
A garage does not have to be recessed behind the principal façade if the garage opening is located on a different side of the home than the front door.
This amendment relaxed the ordinance requirements, so that houses with 50 feet or less of street frontage cannot have their garage door more than five feet behind the front of their house. This was amended from lots with street frontage of 46 – 69 feet. While I agree that this amendment is a step in the right direction, I disagree with the ordinance entirely. This ordinance does nothing but create further restrictions and dramatically increase the cost of a new house in Fayetteville. Additionally, this ordinance only applies to homes being built on lots with street frontage of less than 50 feet – which is a fairly small lot, generally utilized by builders who construct affordable homes. Traditionally, the most affordable home are those whose design allows for the garage to sit either even with or in front of the entryway. This sort of regulatory burden not only unfairly affects those who desire affordable housing in Fayetteville, but also the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic opportunity that home construction provides to Fayetteville annually.
There’s no doubt that city administrative decisions are difficult, and I understand not everyone will be happy with every decision. However, it is crucial to fully evaluate the effects decisions will have on citizens and if those decisions create new problems in the long run.
This is just one of many disagreements that I, along with many others, have with recent decisions made by city administration, and I plan to address the others during my campaign. I firmly believe that the city should be doing everything within its power to work with the citizens to help them achieve their goals, not against them. We are trying to build a better Fayetteville for everyone to live in – a place where everyone can thrive!