The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission acted Tuesday to revise city ordinances with the intended purpose of increasing neighborhood infill. During its meeting, the Commission approved the addition of a section to the town ordinances that relaxes some restrictions on empty lot construction.

The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission acted Tuesday to revise city ordinances with the intended purpose of increasing neighborhood infill. During its meeting, the Commission approved the addition of a section to the town ordinances that relaxes some restrictions on empty lot construction.


"(The change) is for vacant lots in older, developed neighborhoods," said Denison’s Director of Planning and Zoning Faye Brockett. "These are lots that have been vacated from fire or demolition; they already have water and sewer. Infill will allow us to bring those properties back onto the tax roles."


Under the new ordinance, certain areas of the city designated for Residential Infill Development Standards will have less stringent requirements for front- and side-yard setbacks. Homes constructed on those lots, which will still have to be larger than 900 square feet, will not be required to include covered parking. They will instead be required to have a two-car, paved driveway. The new standards were adopted in part to allow developers to build houses that more closely resemble existing homes in the infill areas.


"This change in ordinances make those lots a little more developer friendly; it allows the developer to build a cost-effective house," said Brockett. "We’ve targeted (areas zoned for) single-family homes. It’s affordable housing for a first-time homebuyer.


Brockett went on to explain that the set-back changes will allow more uniformity in older neighborhoods, as well as more flexibility for developers who own smaller-sized lots.


In other business, the Commission approved the site plan for the Old Mining Camp BBQ restaurant, which will be located at 3116 Regency Lane. The owners of the restaurant, who are currently renovating a pre-existing building at that location, asked the commissioners for permission to add a smokehouse and covered patio to the back of the structure.


In two smaller matters, the Commission approved a zoning change at 1000 W. Martin Luther King St., which will allow a building there to be used as a home instead of an office. Commissioners also approved a replat for two adjacent, remodeled homes at 131 and 127 W. Gandy.


Later in the day at the meeting of the Denison Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Board members issued two variances for a pair of homeowners looking to add on. The first variance, for a home at 520 W. Day, will allow the owner to build an addition on to his attached garage to be used as a workshop. The second variance will permit a homeowner at 603 Royal Ridge Drive to place a storage shed closer to his house than ordinances would normally allow. No individuals spoke against either of the projects.