Council to Consider Revised Elevation Guidelines Tonight
City Council will vote on amendments that clarify rules for rebuilding and elevating after Superstorm Sandy.
City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 28) at the Ocean City Free Public Library.
But details on one proposed ordinance were released on Wednesday.
Council will consider amendments to zoning ordinances that address building heights and elevations. The ordinance is especially relevant in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy as homeowners repair damage and consider elevating their homes.
The full text of the proposed ordinance is attached to this story as a PDF, but here is the summary of the changes provided by the city:
2013 Residential Mechanical
Section 1 –
Permits buildings with nonconforming setbacks to elevate to BFE/ZFE without variance approval
Section 2 –
Redefines Attic as non-habitable space
BFE is revised to include ABFE and other maps as may be adopted
Redefines Nonhabitable Building Area to include: Porches, Decks, balconies, Attic, unfinished area below BFE, Carport, Garage, Crawlspace, stairwell, elevator, Storage Room
Clarifies that residential Building Height is measured from ZFE
Removes Carport from being calculated as a Story
Redefines Floor Area Ratio to exclude Crawl Spaces
Specifies that Garage with 8’ ceiling is non-habitable space
“V Zone” exception removed from Zoning Flood Elevation
Story term/definition will be deleted if determined that this control is no longer needed
Section 3 –
Permits HVAC equipment in the Riviera to be elevated to BFE
Section 4 –
Permits HVAC equipment in the Bayou to be elevated to BFE
Section 5 –
As a Design Incentive, removes 6’ height limitation and permits steps and landings within 6” of property line
Section 6 –
As a front yard Encroachment, removes 6’ height limitation and permits steps and landings, and terraced walkways within 6” of property line
As a permitted rear yard Encroachment, permits steps and landings to Lowest Floor without height limitation
As a permitted side yard Encroachment, permits HVAC equipment to be elevated to BFE
As a permitted corner lot side yard Encroachment, permits terraced walkways
Section 7 -
FAR is applied to the Habitable Building Area only