PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO LIMIT DRIVEWAY SIZE IN FAYETTEVILLE… ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST?

On August 30, 2019 the FAYETTEVILLE LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE and the CITY OF FATYETTEVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION unanimously recommended to the CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE that ADM 19-6746 to UDC Chaper 172.11 be approved, citing that the amendment would strengthen the intent of the city’s form-based zoning districts. 

As part of  Fayetteville’s City Plan 2030, the City of Fayetteville has “implemented several new zoning designations [which]….feature build-to-zones and other form-based requirements that are designed to recognize existing development patterns in historic neighborhoods around downtown, and promote new development that is in keeping with that specific character.” **

Therefore, to better ensure new development adheres to the city’s future vision – Amendment 19-6746 seeks to place size requirements on driveways, whereby the size of a driveway would be determined by the size of the lot on which a house sits. 

This ordinance most notably affects new construction neighborhoods with smaller lots as driveway size would be limited to a maximum of 20% of the lot width (meaning many new driveways could be limited to 10′ wide). These restrictions would apply to the length of the driveway from the street as well. 

Advocates and opponents of these measures plan to voice their opinions at the Fayettevile City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 1 at 5:30 PM located at 113 W. Mountain, Rm 219, Fayetteville AR. 72703. 

You can access a full copy of the proposed amendment HERE. 

THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT SUGGEST:**

New neighborhoods being constructed in our form-based zones often bear little resemblance to Fayetteville’s historic fabric, and instead are functionally identical to other neighborhoods being developed in conventional suburban zoning districts….The proposed code change would offer distinction to NC and other form-based districts.

Limiting driveway widths would reduce the amount of concrete required to produce a home, making homes more affordable.

Limiting driveway widths could reduce issues related to urban heat island by reducing the overall paved area within new neighborhoods.

Limiting driveway widths would reduce the amount of impervious surface and therefore improve the performance of new neighborhoods with respect to stormwater runoff.

THOSE OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT SUGGEST:

Limiting driveways could jeopardize the future of homes with 2+ car garages.

Limiting driveway space could cause an increase in the number of cars parked on streets and in front of houses.

Limiting driveways promotes the construction of homes with garages in the back, thereby affecting the orientation of homes in Fayetteville. 

The ordinance could negatively affect the rights of private property owners and developers in those zones who currently have building plans that do not meet the proposed code. 

 

What are your thoughts on the proposed amendment? Are you for it or against it? Tell us why. 

**City of Fayetteville Planning Commission, Legistar ID No. 2019-0579

NICOLE BREKELBAUM is the founder & content curator of  NWAREALESTATE.COM where she utilizes her background in education and real estate to provide homebuyers and sellers with resources they can use to make more confident and informed real estate decisions. Nicole is an Executive Broker at Collier & Associates in Fayetteville, AR.

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