Daily Archives: April 30, 2005

Lot splits. Because the P&Z has yet to enact its new rules governing lot splits a lot of savvy real estate types have made sure they received theirs before the deadline. The D’Andrea family carved out another piece of their Lockwood property, Bruce Cohen, the prominant land-use lawyer, split his lot on Perkley Lane. and so on. I don’t know whether there’s still time to emulate these people but if there is, and you you can do it, you probably should.

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Greenwich Time, which does a decent job covering our P&Z Commission’s frolics, has an editorial today on the subject (link below). There are some serious changes to our FAR regs on the horizon and the P&Z, if past history is a guide, intends to implement them as soon as the dust settles. One, for instance, would deduct from a lot’s FAR calculations any land underwater – a pond, for instance. So let’s say you own six acres in the Back Country, two acres of which are high and dry, the rest of which is a pond. If the pond doesn’t count, you will be restricted to a house size smaller than that allowed in the one acre zone. If the point of FAR was/is to limit houses to an “appropriate” size,then how does this result accomplish that goal? The P&Z won’t (can’t) say – but they’re going to do it nonetheless. Stop them before they sqeeze again.

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