The MCA has adopted a resolution that conditionally supports the County's zoning ordinance amendment, which would create a new category for Continuing Care Facilities and Adult Day Health Care Centers. We recognize the need for more senior housing and related facilities in an aging county but also insist on rules that reasonably protect the character of low-density residential neighborhoods.
The MCA resolution
calls for a tiered FAR, floor area ratio, in low density residential districts; limits on waivers of minimum district size; adequate open space for each project; sufficient parking for residents, visitors and employees; and the need to count cellar space in the calculation of FAR.
Finally, the MCA urges the County to communicate all information related to zoning ordinance changes, including definitions and the text of all proposed regulations. Transparency in land use regulations is critical.