BWNA Demolition/Development Resolution
(approved at Special Board Meeting on July 7, 2014)
Whereas, the preservation of a neighborhood’s historical heritage and architectural character are of prime concern to residents; and
Whereas, access to affordable housing is a citywide objective; and
Whereas, city building code regulations as currently stated do not address the preservation of architectural character or protection of existing affordable homes;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association supports the following action plan:
1.) revision of the building code to limit the size, lot coverage,setbacks, height, and floor area ratio of house construction to that of the average of existing homes within 200 feet.
2.) revision of building code to incorporate the requirement that local residents be notified of proposed demolitions 45 days in advance of applying for a building permit
3.) imposing of a moratorium on home demolitions or major remodels prior to code revision implementation
4.) encouraging the signing of a (non-binding) “Neighbor Pledge by homeowners to not allow their home to be sold to developers for demolition
5.) collaborating with other neighborhood associations in the drafting and presentation of a joint action plan to the Mayor and City Commissioners to address demolition/development concerns
6.) collaboration between neighborhood associations and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in recommending specific changes to the zoning code with respect to demolition/development concerns as part of a Comprehensive Plan update.