Debunking the Myth of Spot Re-zoning
Original post made by Charlie Parker, Atherton: West Atherton, on May 1, 2010
At least one poster has described this initiative as "spot re-zoning".
I have news for my fellow denziens. There is no such thing as spot rezoning.
The closest thing I can think of is a request for a variance. Many variances have been given over the years. However this practice fell out of fashion about 14 years ago with the arrival of a building official who either didn't care about the Town's zoning ordinance or who was willing to look the other way [portion removed].
Now that greater attention is being paid to the rules, there should also be greater attention as to whether these rules make sense.
In the case of small lots, the answer is a definite no. For the small lot neighborhoods, it should be recognized that ordinary folk are willing to put up with less elbow room for more living room.
I say give the poor folks a break who didn't have the money or the contacts to get an official or unofficial variance. Let them build the castle they want on their very tiny kingdom. Let them live in peace in their close knit community.