Habitat contract zone, changes to lot sizes also to be topics for City Council

Rockland may sell Lawn Avenue land for house lots

By Stephen Betts | Nov 30, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts This land along Lawn Avenue in Rockland is being considered for possible residential development.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council will discuss whether it wants to sell off land it owns along Lawn Avenue to create more residential lots.

The discussion is scheduled for the council's agenda-setting meeting Wednesday, Dec. 5.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said the proposal has come out of discussions held by the city's housing committees.

Rockland owns land that extends from Lawn Avenue to Kenniston Field off Old County Road. The city manager said the proposal calls for selling off lots initially that abut Lawn Avenue as it extends toward Cedar Street.

He said if the City Council agrees to move ahead with the proposal, he would seek permission to spend money to hire an engineer to determine how many house lots could be created.

Habitat contract zone

Another housing issue will also be before the council on the agenda-setting meeting. A proposed ordinance amendment would create a contract zone for Habitat for Humanity on land it owns on Philbrick Avenue.

The Rockland Planning Board last month recommended approval of a contract zone that could lead to the creation of a neighborhood of 12 modest-sized homes.

The contract zone is needed because the 12 lots do not meet the road frontage requirement of 80 feet per parcel, nor would each home meet the 750-square-foot minimum house size.

The council is expected to take a preliminary vote on the contract zone proposal at its Monday, Dec. 10, meeting. If approved, a formal public hearing and final vote could be held in January.

Changes to zoning laws on lot sizes, setbacks

And another housing-related issue is a proposal coming from the Housing Committee to reduce the minimum lot size, road frontage, and setback requirements in residential zones throughout much of the community.

A presentation on these changes was made Oct. 25.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 30, 2018 14:45

How nice but who could afford the taxes? Maybe at first and then......

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