The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department proposes changing zoning rules to require more space on either side of a tall house in established neighborhoods.
The city included this photo as an example of how infill development "needs to consider the context of adjacent structures." (It's the "Extreme Makeover" house built in Windsor Park in east Charlotte in 2008.)
For years, residents have raised concerns about massive houses going up and changing the character of older neighborhoods made up primarily of smaller homes. In 2004, such quality of life and zoning issues were raised during a meeting of 22 neighborhoods.
The city provided the following illustration to show how the proposed teardown rule could work.
The drawing shows how at in an existing older neighborhood, the side yard would have to increase by 5 feet for every foot increase in height over 40 feet.
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- Karen Sullivan, Doug Miller