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Change in distance rule pondered for Fort Dodge

Buildings could be farther from road

November 28, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

Developers interested in building along a section of Fifth Avenue South may have the option of placing the structures much farther back from the road under a plan being considered by Fort Dodge officials.

The building could be as much as 80 feet from the front property line if some additional features, such as more landscaping, are provided, according to Angela Torres, the associate city planner.

The city's Plan and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the proposal be adopted.

The change would apply only to Fifth Avenue South between 15th and 32nd streets.

Torres said the planning staff has been ''getting pressure'' from property owners who want parking in front of their buildings.

Currently, those buildings can be a maximum of 45 feet from the front property line. That allows for one row of parking in front of the building, according to Torres.

She said allowing the building to be 80 feet from the front property line would create space for two rows of parking.

In return for having room for that much parking out front, the property owner would have to provide some other features, under the proposal. Those features include a protected pedestrian path, more landscaping and architectural enhancements on the building. Additionally some limits would be placed on the kinds of building materials used on the structure's front facade.

The proposal now moves to the City Council, which will have the final say. The majority of council members said they liked the idea when it was introduced to them at a meeting earlier this month.



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