discussion between the council and staff.
Neighbors were concerned about losing privacy, sunlight and views
to larger homes.
"These standards are an appropriate solution to managing growth,"
Burbank resident Robert Cook said.
The new standards, built into the ordinance, include limiting
homes to 30 feet to the top of the roof; a limit of two stories to a
home; a maximum of 50% lot coverage; two parking spaces in a garage
or a carport for houses up to 3,400 square feet; and three spaces for
houses more than 3,400 square feet.
Also, the floor area ratio -- the limits of square footage that
can be built on a lot -- was reduced from 0.6 to 0.4. The new
standards will hopefully be seen as a tool to allow residents to
expand their homes, yet also protect neighborhoods, Mayor Jef Vander
"Perfection is not going to be achieved," Vander Borght said. "But
what we have achieved is very typical of what you will find in other
During its discussion, the council did indicate that more
revisions may be made.
The intent of the standards is not to limit space needs of
families or to curb the number of large homes being built, said
Michael Forbes, a senior planner with the city.
"The council had commented that it is to address the most visible
offenders of neighborhood character," Forbes said. To gather
community input on the standards, meetings were held last May and
In September, the council adopted an interim ordinance as a
stopgap measure while the final language was worked on.
Additional community meetings took place in January and February,
and a study session with the council in April helped revise the
standards further, Forbes said.
The new standards would not be applied to all parts of the city.
For the hillside area, some standards would be different, such as
taking into consideration lot slope when determining a house's
height, Forbes said.
Also, homes in the hillside taller than 24 feet or larger than
3,000 square feet would have to apply for a permit that includes a
study showing the home would not obstruct the views of neighboring
homes, Forbes said.