Since this would be conceived as a Pilot Program, a City Agency would need to administrate the program. This means the audience to convince first is the Mayor’s Administration and its Executive Agencies (City Plan, Building, and Economic Development), since they’ll be the ones who would have to take on the responsibility and work of overseeing the Pilot.
Before we take this to the Mayor and the Agencies (and then eventually to the Board of Alders), we want to run the pilot past you, the people–because this pilot was designed by you for you.
So–what do you think about the pilot zoning? Who should be able to develop using the pilot zoning? Residents, community developers, people with good track records of being upstanding citizens, all of the above?
Sample Development Enabled by the Pilot Zoning
An “Eco Village” Project, applying the Affordable and Green Bonus.
- Applying the Bonuses, this project has 9 Dwellings that can house a maximum of 16 Individual Occupants
- Applying the Green Bonus, this project has 4 Parking Spaces and a max. height of 45 feet
- In order to have gotten the Green Bonus, this project must have incorporated sustainable engineering like solar panels and grey water systems to offset its impact to the grid by 50%
- In order to have gotten the Affordable Bonus, this project must have signed an easement agreement with the City guaranteeing that some combination of the Dwellings will be sold or rented at 60% AMI
- In total, this hypothetical development–which would be illegal under current zoning but made possible by the Pilot Zoning–sits on a 63′ x 90′ lot (5,670 sf)
- Feb 28, 2020 – Zoning Pilot Regulations
- Feb 16, 2020–Next Steps?
- Dec 16, 2019–Take the Alternative Housing Survey
- Nov 20, 2019–Minutes from November Community Meetings
What is Tiny Life NHV?
Tiny Life NHV is a zoning initiative designed to enable residents and empower neighborhoods to build Tiny Houses, Planned Tiny House Villages, bungalows, and (ADUs) in New Haven.
The Tiny Life NHV initiative promises to be a true community-led effort. The only two objectives we have at this stage are: (1) make tiny buildings and ADUs possible in New Haven, and (2) keep “tiny” units affordable.
What is “tiny living”?
It’s bigger than you think! See an overview and case studies here!
What can zoning do?
Zoning is how cities regulate the use of land to keep new development aligned with a neighborhood’s character and ensure that long-term growth reflects a community’s goals and values.
The New Haven Zoning Ordinance regulates land uses, dimensional requirements, parking, and visual elements such as signage. Uses include categories such as residential, commercial, and industrial, but land use regulations can be as specific as designating which districts permit a building to be used as a bakery, or which districts require a special exemption for a barber shop, theater, or gas station.
The Zoning Ordinance also regulates building size and placement, outlining minimum and maximum requirements for parameters such as floor area ratio, building height, and setbacks (how far the building is from the front, side, and rear lot lines).
The New Haven Zoning Map divides the city into zoning districts, each featuring a set of zoning regulations and exemptions. Zoning Districts include several categories of Residential Districts (such as RM-1, Low-Middle Density), Business Districts (such as BD, Central Business) , Industrial Districts, and other categories such as Planned Development Districts and Historic Districts.
Zoning regulates alterations and new construction. For existing properties, new zoning is not retroactive; existing buildings need not adapt to any new zoning regulations.
What are Tiny Houses and ADUs?
Essentially, Tiny Houses refers to residential spaces that are way smaller than average units. In the land of Tiny houses, an average 1700 sqft three bedroom apartment becomes 900 sqft, an average 900-sqft one bedroom apartment would shrink to 450 sqft, and a typical 500-sqft studio apartment might be under 250 sqft.
ADUs stand for accessory dwelling units and are also know an “mother-in-law apartments,” “granny flats.” Whatever you want to call them, ADUs are essentially tiny houses built in the backyards of larger single/multifamily homes.
The Tiny Life NHV initiative aims to amend the zoning ordinances to make Tiny Houses, Tiny House Communities, and ADUs legal in New Haven.
Learn more on our What is Tiny Living? page!
Questions, Comments, Concerns?
- Check out our FAQ page
- Get in touch with Katherine and Jenna at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Come to a community meeting (see schedule below)
Community Meeting Schedule
|Monday November 4||6:00 pm||Ives Main Library, 133 Elm|
|Wednesday November 6||6:00 pm||Fussy Coffee, 290 Winchester|
|Thursday November 7||6:30 pm||City Hall, City Plan Conference Room|
|Tuesday November 12||6:00 pm||Wilson Library, Computer Lab|
|Thursday November 14||6:00 pm||Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand|
|Monday November 18||4:30 pm||Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison|
|Tuesday November 19||5:00 pm||Florence Virtue, 37 Orchard Pl|
|Tuesday November 19||5:30 pm||Varick Church, 242 Dixwell Ave|