The Community Meeting on November 9 was exciting as we delved into how allowable density could be increased on detached house-type lots in Candler Park. Aaron Fortner outlined the current zoning regulations that affect the buildable space on R-4 and R-5C lots and provided numerous examples of ways additional dwelling units could be added. The illustrations were particularly helpful and can be found in the Slides for Meeting #4 provided at HistoricCandlerPark.org.
This was followed by breakout sessions both on Zoom and in person where neighbors talked about the right level of density, based on lot coverage, building height, parking and public transportation both now and in the future. Affordability came up in several contexts such as, given current pricing how can density be affordable? Aaron told us that, with the price of land and construction, affordability can be made possible either through public subsidy or through smaller units.
In discussing and answering the Meeting #4 worksheet, neighbors got to consider and discuss what they would be willing to give in order to get more of what they want. Candler Park residents have a lot of different opinions but whether our core values lean toward increasing density, protecting tree cover, or preserving older buildings, the discussion really got people thinking about how we may be able to work together to achieve multiple goals as we plan for Candler Park’s future.