I left early because it was so dispiriting. I’ll write about it tomorrow, but know this: if you have stairs leading down to your basement for access, say, for loading garden tools or bringing in a new furnace or water heater, or a garage located under your house, your entire basement now will count against the allowable FAR. That makes both my mother’s house and Pal Nancy’s non – conforming, even though they are, or were, considered grossly undersized just a week ago. So no additions, and very little value.
This will affect hundreds of existing houses in Greenwich, and no one knows it – they will only discover their plight when they go for a building permit and are denied, or try to sell their house and discover it’s practically worthless. Or, got an older house that’s 3.5′ off the ground with steps leading up? You’re f..kd too.
I think the answer lies in “bullet voting”, which I’ll explain tomorrow, and throw everyone currently sitting on the P&Z out of the RTM. Oh, and Franklin Bloomer too. For tonight, all you need to know is that many of you have just been thoroughly screwed, for no reason whatsoever. Our government at work.