An Ordinance by Councilmember Carla Smith to amend Chapter 20K or the 1982 Zoning Ordinance of the City of Atlanta, as amended, to change the allowable floor area ratio for multifamily residential uses in the Commercial Subarea Il; and for other purposes.
FINDINGS OF FACTS:
The Grant Park Historic District regulations were adopted in April 2000 with the intent to:
l . To promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the city by preserving the district's architectural integrity, streetscape patterns, and cultural heritage.
- To preserve the district's historic pattern and distribution of building types that are characterized primarily by single-family residences, institutions, and neighborhood commercial buildings, many of which were constructed during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
- To ensure harmony and compatibility of visual qualities and spatial relationships that exist between buildings, and between buildings and the street, throughout the district.
- To preserve the residential character of all streets and thoroughfares in the district.
- To preserve the historic street and lot pattern, and design that are significant elements of the district.
- To encourage and ensure development that is complementary to and compatible with the existing historic structures in the district.
- To encourage the use of existing alleys, reinforcing the streetscape patterns and general physical character of the district.
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- To encourage economic development and a variety of housing opportunities; roster neighborhood revitalization, and discourage displacement ol' residents.
l . Residential Subarea I;
- Commercial Subarea Il; and
- Transitional Industrial Subarea Ill
Property location: The Grant Park Historic District contains three subareas. The bulk of the neighborhood and the residential property is Subarea l. Various groupings of Subarea Il are in the northern portion of the District immediately south of Memorial Drive, along Boulevard in the northeastern portion of the District, and along Hill Street in the northwestern portion of the District. (Subarea Ill is also located along properties just south of Memorial Drive.) Much of the Memorial Drive corridor is zoned SPI-22 which in most cases creates a development framework and expectation of higher density development along the corridor with transitional requirements to adjacent residential and lower-scale development. In several locations (including the properties that are zoned Subarea Il within the District) the block is also within the SPI-22 zoning district, but only a portion is within the District.
Property size and physical features: The subject property consists of approximately 1,306,800 square feet (30 acres) of land area. Lots vary in shape and size.
Surrounding zoning/land uses: The parcels in the Grant Park Historic District Sub Area 2 are on the south of Memorial Drive are surrounded by various zoning districts. They include R-5 (Two-Family Residential) zoning district with a Low-Density Residential land use designation and SPI 22 SA 4 (Special Public Interest Subarea 4) zoning district with a Mixed-Use land use designation.
CDP land use map designation: Future land use designation in the area are Mixed-Use, LowDensity Commercial, Low-Density Residential, and Office and Institutional for various groupings of the Grant Park Historic District Suba Area four in Comprehensive Development Plan 2016.
The text amendment proposes to increase the residential floor area ratio (FAR) maximum of the Grant Park Historic District Commercial Subarea Il from .696 to 2.52 times the net lot area, thereby reducing the conflict between SPI-22-Subarea 4 Grant Park North and Grant Park Historic District Subarea Il.
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- Compatibility with Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP): timing ot development:
- Availability of and effect of public facilities and services: referral to other agencies:
- Effect on character of the neighborhood:
- Suitability of proposed land use:
- EfTect on adiacent property:
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- Economic use of current zoning:
- Compatibility with policies related to tree precervation: