admin by Eric T | 13 Oct 2020
Access to daily needs,Housing Choice

Permit ” builders societies” to have different development rules from regular property owners.

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Inspired by this book by David Sim of Gehl architects, I find there is much missing from the development rules that currently exist here in Sidney.  

In this book, he describes that in Germany, “Baugruppen”- Builders groups- exist. So my idea is to permit property owners of adjacent properties to form a society and, once formed, to be able to build differently than regular property owners. 

This book describes the building of low – max 3-4 story- courtyard structures that are built using layers of different uses, with the courtyards being used for everything from very private areas to semi-public areas.  

As our town grapples with a housing crisis and aims to lower emissions from transportation as well as from buildings, different types of architecture will be required to achieve these goals. I think the ideas in this volume are both attractive as well as pragmatic and could be applied using many of the tools that already exist in our regulatory tool boxes.

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Lucina Baryluk on 17th Jan 2021

HI, Eric.  Is a building society the same as a co-op?  What would prevent a development like you describe, if you look at the use and not the users?

Idea author Eric T on 20th Jan 2021

Even if there were adjacent property owners participating in a co-op, and proposing a development that straddles property lines, would the zoning not prevent such a thing from happening because it violates setback requirements?  Wouldn’t the combined properties have to be rezoned?