Amend Peotone Zoning Ordinance to include a Residential Monotony Appearance Clause

Amend Peotone Zoning Ordinance to include a Residential Monotony Appearance Clause

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Michael Spinazzola started this petition to Peotone Village President Steven Cross and

Distinctive Home Builders has been selling monotonous home plans to new Westgate Manor residents. The same plan and home facade are beginning to repeat uncontrolled in the Westgate Manor Subdivision impacting adjacent values and comparables. It is an issue other communities address to discourage "cookie-cutter" urban sprawl. Peotone does not seem to have this monotony clause or local covenant restricting monotony. It is hurting the character of the community which had a nice variety subsequent to these homes being erected.

The language I would like to amend to the Peotone Local Building/Zoning Code would tentatively resemble the New Lenox, IL Anti-Monotony Code Article:

ARTICLE XV. - ANTI-MONOTONY CODE

Sec. 18-321. - Purpose of article.

The purpose of this article is to preserve the aesthetically pleasing character of the village's residential districts by promoting such character, protect and enhance property values, and promote the easy identification of houses, by encouraging new dwelling unit construction of distinctive design and discouraging excessive similarity among adjacent dwellings.

(Ord. No. 2791, § 2, 6-10-2019)

Sec. 18-322. - Excessive similarity prohibited in residential construction.

(a)  No building permit shall be issued for any new single-family detached dwelling unit which is similar in appearance to any dwelling on the same street which is within two lots distance of it. However, those single-family dwellings with a signed sales contract or application for building permit bearing a date prior to December 1, 1993, shall be exempt from the provisions of this article.

(b)  A dwelling on a corner lot may be considered dissimilar to another if the two dwellings face different streets. On cul-de-sac turnarounds, no dwelling shall be similar in appearance to another dwelling on the turnaround.

(Ord. No. 2791, § 2, 6-10-2019)

Sec. 18-323. - Standards for determining excessive similarity.

(a)  Distinguishing characteristics. For the purpose of this article, the term "similar in appearance" shall mean a dwelling which is identical, or nearly identical, to another in any three of the following characteristics:

(1)  Roof type (gable, hip, mansard, gambrel, flat, or combination).

(2)  Roof height.

(3)  Approximate dimensions (height and length) of the front wall closest to the front lot line.

(4)  Shape of the front elevation silhouette.

(5)  Relative locations and sizes of windows in the front elevation.

(6)  Relative location and dimensions of garage door, if included on the front elevation.

(7)  Type of siding (e.g., brick veneer, lapped horizontal siding, half-timber, board and batten, shakes, etc.) on the front elevation.

(b)  Housing styles. If adjacent lots as defined in this article contain different housing styles as described in this subsection, the similarity standards delineated in subsection (a) of this section do not apply. Housing style is in and of itself a significant enough characteristic to constitute dissimilarity. Housing styles shall consist of the following: ranch, bi-level, tri-level, one and one-half-story, two-story and three-story.

(Ord. No. 2791, § 2, 6-10-2019)

Sec. 18-324. - Administration and enforcement; appeals.

(a)  If the building and zoning administrator, or person acting in that capacity, finds that the dwelling for which a building permit is requested is similar in appearance to a dwelling for which a building permit has been issued within two lots distance and facing the same street, the building and zoning administrator shall deny the permit request for noncompliance with this article.

(b)  An applicant for a building permit that has been denied based on the provisions of this article may:

(1)  Alter the dwelling plans so that the proposed dwelling is no longer similar to another adjacent dwelling, according to the criteria specified in this article.

(2)  Appeal the decision of the building and zoning administrator to the village board of trustees.

(c)  In appealing the interpretation of this article to the village board of trustees, an applicant for a building permit shall present evidence sufficient to demonstrate conformity with this article, such as architectural drawings.

(Ord. No. 2791, § 2, 6-10-2019)

Sec. 18-325. - Exceptions.

(a)  This division shall not apply to dwellings for which building permits have been approved before the effective date of Ordinance No. 939, from which this division is derived, including dwellings that are being remodeled, reconstructed or replaced after fire, windstorm or other catastrophe.

(b)  These regulations may be waived in cases where the applicant for a building permit could not be expected to anticipate the design of a neighboring dwelling for which a building permit has already been issued but is not yet built. In such instances, the builder shall request, and the village board of trustees may grant, an exception from this article.

(c)  These regulations may be waived for residential planned unit developments in which similarity of architectural form and style among dwellings is integral to the success of a unified plan, in which the high quality of building materials, building plans and site plan details overcome the presumed deficiencies of similarity. In such cases, the developer shall request, and the village board of trustees may grant, an exception from this article as a condition of a planned unit development.

(Ord. No. 2791, § 2, 6-10-2019)

Let us unite to make a change in Peotone, IL to demand quality and variety for the adjacent residents. I hope to use this petition in support of an expeditious application to amend the Peotone Zoning Ordinance.

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