Auburn officials explain zoning plans at community forum
AUBURN — Mayor Jason Levesque and City Council discussed the new type of residential zoning known as T-4.2B during a second public hearing Wednesday night at Fairview Elementary School.
Levesque and Councilor Dana Staples elaborated on the new area, which aims to energize new home construction, mixed-use and infill development in residential areas: essentially developing a large parcel of unused land surrounded by an urban area developed.
Levesque led a brief presentation on the history of the zones and how past examples in the traditional Downtown District neighborhood will inform the current effort.
“What we really wanted to do was provide a brief overview and engage and educate individuals on the history of zoning, what it is done, why it stops progress, hopefully help them understand what the zoning is discriminatory,” he said.
Some participants expressed concern and disagreement with the zoning plans, reflecting growing sentiment behind a petition to repeal the rezoning effort, further suggesting that a moratorium be put in place until a solution can be found. be found.
“People who own homes don’t want anyone, tenants or anyone else to come into their neighborhood. Zoning was never meant to keep neighbors from having neighbors, ultimately,” Leveque said at the end of the meeting.
The purpose of the form-based zoning code described in the presentation and in the packages distributed at the meeting is to provide accessible living space through development patterns based on the environment and surrounding homes where the building will be built.
The zoning will not come into effect until five days after its eventual approval at a second meeting in August.
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