6.1 Multi-Family Standards

Multi-family dwellings, as defined in these Regulations, are subject to the following conditions:

  1. Density - No multi-family development shall exceed a density of one unit per 4,000 square feet of site area, not including wetlands, watercourses, slopes in excess of 15%, and 100-year floodplain.
  2. Size of Buildings - No building shall exceed 160 feet in horizontal dimension or section.
  3. Floor Area Of Units - The minimum required floor area for each dwelling unit shall be based on the number of habitable rooms as follows:
    Habitable RoomsFloor Area (square feet)
    1300
    2400
    3550
    4700
    5 or more850
  4. Basement Apartment – No dwelling units shall be permitted in basements or cellars.
  5. Distance Between Buildings – All minimum distances required below shall be measured in a straight line between the points of the building(s), which are nearest each other.
    1. Facing Walls – The minimum distance between any two front or rear facing walls (long dimension) of any principal building(s) shall not be less than the sum of the heights of the affected buildings or 50 feet, whichever is greater.
    2. Facing and End Walls – The minimum distance between any end wall (short dimension) of any principal building(s) and any front or rear facing wall (long dimension) of any principal building(s) shall not be less than 75% of the sum of the heights of the affected buildings or 35 feet, whichever is greater.
    3. End Walls – The minimum distance between any two end walls (short dimension) of any principal buildings shall be not less than 50% of the sum of the heights of the affected buildings or 20 feet, whichever is greater.
    4. Minimum Distances – In all instances, the minimum distance between any walls or corners of any principal or accessory building(s) shall not be less than 20 feet.6.1 diagram 16.1 diagram 2
  6. Screens – Outdoor clothes drying areas and rubbish areas shall be surrounded with complete visual screening.
  7. Rubbish – Separate rubbish containers shall be provided for recycling items and so denoted on the plans.
  8. Usable Open Space
    1. Usable open space area(s) shall be located on the lot in such a way as to provide easy access from all dwelling units on the lot.
    2. A minimum of 400 square feet of usable open space shall be provided per dwelling unit.
    3. Indoor or accessory roof space may be substituted for not more than 25% of the required usable open space, provided such space is developed as a recreational area and is accessible and available to all occupants of the dwellings.
    4. The minimum dimension of a usable open space area shall not be less than 25 feet.
    5. At least 25% of the required usable open space shall be developed for and equipped with recreation facilities such as playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts, or bocce courts, depending on the age group served by the housing.
    6. All required recreation facilities shall be complete or bonded for by the time Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for 50% of the units.
    7. If the required recreation facilities are not complete or bonded for at that time, no further Certificates of Occupancy shall be issued until the required recreation facilities are complete.
  9. Garages – For every ten required parking spaces that shall be provided in a separate garage or under a residential building, one additional dwelling unit above the maximum number of units permitted by Section 3.4.E shall be permitted on the lot provided that:
    1. The garage is enclosed on all sides by walls; and
    2. The additional dwelling units have a floor area no greater than the average dwelling unit proposed on the lot; and
    3. The required parking for any additional dwelling units so created shall also be in enclosed garages or under residential buildings.
  10. Private Streets – Private streets shall be constructed to the following standards:
    1. Pavement width shall be a minimum of 24 feet where street parking is not allowed. An additional 8 feet shall be added on each side of the street where parking is allowed.
    2. Pavement shall be a minimum of 2-inch bituminous concrete on a 4-inch process gravel base on an 8-inch bank run gravel sub base.
    3. A 4-inch bituminous lip curb shall be provided along both sides of the street and around parking and turning areas.
    4. A 4-foot wide concrete sidewalk shall parallel the street or parking lot and shall provide access to the building. Said sidewalks shall be separated from the pavement by at least a 3 ½-foot wide grass strip.

Stop signs shall be installed at all intersections of City or State highways.