By Kathryn G. Menu
Sag Harbor Village officials unveiled a new gross floor area (GFA) law Friday afternoon, scaling back the legislation, which determines the size of a home based on its lot size.
The legislation, which was originally proposed in January, now states the gross floor area of a single-family residence cannot exceed 2,500 square feet on a 6,250 square foot lot. For lots 25,000 square feet and over, a home cannot exceed 4,000 square feet, and in between those numbers a sliding scale is proposed to determine the square footage of a residence. A special permit is available for those with a lot area of 25,000 square feet and above – approved or denied by the village board. If approved a homeowner could have a home as large as 7,000 square-feet.
As in all cases involving zoning, these restrictions can be appealed through the zoning board of appeals.
Within the GFA local law are a number of provisions altering the zoning code to give the Sag Harbor Village Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board more concrete guidelines. Legislation has also been introduced regarding swimming pools, and where they can be built in the village.
A local law that created a affordable housing fee for larger homes in the village has been tabled.
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