The Senoia City Council has made changes to the city’s zoning regulations to make it easier for owners of historic homes to make additions to the front of their houses.
Homes zoned “Residential Historical” will now only be required to have a 15-foot “setback” from the property line.
Under the R-40 zoning, which covers most homes in the city, homes must be set back far from the road. On “arterial streets,” such as Pylant Street, the required setback is 60 feet. On smaller streets, it’s 20 feet.
But few, if any, historical homes are built 60 feet from the street.
“Homes that were built there long ago don’t meet our current zoning requirements,” said Community Development Director Dina Rimi.
In March, the council heard a variance request for the home at 244 Pylant St. The house sits close to the road, and the owner wanted to build a front porch. The proposed porch would be 12 feet from the property line.
The council voted against granting the variance, but council members expressed surprise that the required setback was 60 feet.
Though the setback was changed for the RH zoning, property owners who wish to take advantage of the new, smaller setback will still have to go through a rezoning to RH. There is a $300 fee for a rezoning application – the same fee as for a variance application.
Rimi said it was decided not to do a blanket rezoning of the whole historic overlay. “Some people thought that is what we were doing,” she said.
Any home in the historic overlay will be eligible for zoning to the RH district.
A public hearing was held Monday night on the change, but no one spoke.
In other meeting business:
•The council voted to set the millage rate at 5.605. That is the “rollback” rate, down from last year’s millage rate of 5.78.
•It was announced the Cruisin’ to the Oldies Car Show will be Sept. 29 from 11 am. to 5 p.m.