Changes headed to the Town Council could make it easier for people to get around the Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment district and for developers to include public amenities in their projects.
The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes Monday in Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Ephesus-Fordham projects are governed by a form-based code approved in 2014 that generally outlines how buildings, landscaping and streets should look and relate to each other.
Revisions would help pedestrians and cyclists in the district, including rules approved this summer that set the maximum wall length for buildings and identified where pass-throughs, such as alleys and pedestrian walkways, should go.
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Consultant Tony Sease, with Civitech Inc., recently led a public discussion of how to make the district more “walkable,” with more public spaces, such as plazas, squares and pocket parks.
“The proposed changes recognize that people feel more comfortable in neighborhoods where buildings and landscaping frame the street,” said John Richardson, the town’s planning manager for sustainability.
“Developments that feature large front setbacks with parking lots do not encourage pedestrian use,” he said. “We are suggesting requirements so that new buildings are closer to the lot line. That gives the street definition, which calms traffic and makes the street more inviting to pedestrians.”
The proposed changes include:
▪ Setting the distance from street to building, with and without parking in the front
▪ Limiting where parking is allowed in front of buildings
▪ Revising the maximum length of building walls and street blocks
▪ Revising the requirement for when buildings need pass-throughs
▪ Revising the ratio for how much outdoor amenity space is required
▪ Reinforcing the desire to have publicly accessible outdoor amenity space