The Grand Rapids City Commission will likely be setting a Public Hearing for the proposed Zoning Text Amendments. The public hearing will be on March 27, 2018. Following is the letter that HHA sent to City Commissioners.
The Planning Commission approved and expanded the zoning code text changes that you received via e-alert in the past 2 weeks. The Heritage Hill Association and most every neighborhood in Grand Rapids opposed the recommendations. There were public presentations, 49 letters of opposition and 3 letters of support presented to the Planning Commission. (Thank you).
The recommendations now move to the City Commission for adoption. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 27.
These “by-right” text changes remove neighbors’ input in development/conversions in their neighborhood. The stated goal is to provide more affordable housing. There was no data provided to support this.
· #3 Incentives for Small Scale Development –This allows by-right 2 unit conversion/development on every corner property and 2 to 4 unit conversion/construction on parcels within 500’ of commercial districts (500’ = one to one and half City blocks).
· #8 Accessory Dwelling Units – allows adding 2nd unit to any owner-occupied dwelling by-right.
· #9 Non-Condo Zero Lot Line Units – Allows attached 8-unit townhouses by-right within 500’ of commercial districts.
In Heritage Hill, no demolition of houses would be allowed but in neighborhoods without historic preservation protection, houses can be demolished for new construction.
We will provide updates as they become available. The blue area is where development of 2 to 4 units would be allowed by right. The map on the home page is a smaller version of below – HH and surrounding areas.
HHEastHillzoning– This is the area effected in Heritage Hill and EastHills.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm at 1120 Monroe NW, 2nd floor.