The town council unanimously voted last week to approve a request for a public input session on shrinking the minimum townhouse unit width from 25 feet to 18 feet.
The public hearing is set for Jan. 5.
Brad Bass, planning director, said upon talking to some developers interested in building town homes in Garner the lot width or townhouse unit width was the common theme.
He said the planning staff compared the Garner’s 25 foot unit width to other jurisdictions and agreed it was a “a little excessive.”
“I think the trend is to go with a more narrower townhouse lot width,” Bass said. “Sixteen feet is smallest we’ve seen, 18 to 20 seems to be the norm.
“It’s more efficient, obviously they could get more units it they reduce the width.”
The square footage would not be affected, Bass said.
He said it also gives the planning staff more flexibility to look at different types of town homes to build. The proposed change would not affect existing town homes. Only future town homes would be adjusted.
“We thought the adjustment would be appropriate,” Bass said.
Another public input session was set for the same night to consider closing and undeveloped road right of way at the end of Salt Hill Road that extends from White Oak Road. That portion of Salt Hill Road is on Garner Land Company’s property. “There is is no physical road with this portion of the right-of-way, Bass said.
The street length is 2,250 feet long and 60 feet wide.
The road is maintained by NC DOT.