City Council on Thursday gave final approval to an ordinance that, in part, makes it easier to fit garages under homes being elevated to meet new guidelines for flood safety.
Under the old rules, garages were included in a "floor area ratio" (FAR) that helped determine the maximum size of a home.
The ground-level space created by elevating homes can now be used to get more cars off the street without owners having to sacrifice living space. Several other guidelines limit the maximum size and height of buildings.
Under the revised definition, only habitable area above zoning flood elevation will be included in FAR.The new definition of FAR is part of a detailed ordinance that makes several zoning changes to help owners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, which caused record flooding in Ocean City in October 2012. See the Agenda Packet for the complete text of the ordinance and explanation of the changes.
City Council passed the ordinance in a 6-1 vote with Fourth Ward Councilman Pete Guinosso dissenting.