On Monday, the Decatur City Commission approved the zoning of the property at 230 Commerce Drive from “RL-Low Density Residential to RM-Medium Density Residential”, which makes way for the city’s plan to build a cottage court development at the site.
The goal of the project, according to the application is “serve as a model to prove the depth of the market for quality, small homes and encourage private developers to build this type of project throughout the City.”
The application also notes that the proposed site plan responds to the input of adjacent property owners and neighborhoods thusly:
- Adheres to all property setbacks without the need for a variance
- Limits houses to 1 1/2 stories and window placements to protect privacy of adjacent property owners
- Limits the # of houses to six
- Places three of the six houses along Commerce Drive to reinforce the residential character of that side of Commerce Drive. The units have porches on the front facade to face Commerce and porches on the rear to address the shared courtyard
- Provides for all required parking on site
- Offers a variety of housing sizes including one that is completely accessible.
The application also notes residents’ desire for the DDA to act as the projects developer and retain ownership through a land trust and that the homes should be should to city and CSD employees who make 60%-80% of Decatur’s median HH income.
But for now, the zoning change has been approved, so look for this first-of-its-kind project in the City of Decatur move forward in the coming months.
All renderings courtesy of the application