The City Council asked staff to identify design standards that would improve the quality of multifamily development, while considering cost impacts. Staff shared proposed standards with the Development Advisory Committee, the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, the Apartment Association of Tarrant County, the Zoning Commission and City Plan Commission. This M&C only applies to Subdivision Ordinance amendments. The proposed amendments would do the following:
Require buildings to face streets, with parking, driveways and fencing between or behind buildings; Require street trees, enhanced landscaping and parking lot screening along public streets; Require 70% masonry and façade variation; Require 250-foot setback from one- and two-family zoning to allow four-story multifamily in "D" multifamily zoning; Allow 36-foot top plate height for three-story buildings to allow higher quality units; Allow modest increase in units per acre given market demand for one-bedroom units: CR - 16 units/acre, C - 24 units/acre, D - 32 units/acre; and limit block lengths to 1,000 feet (UR and MU zoning are 500 feet) and require walkways to connect to public streets for improved connectivity and walkability.
The amendments would not affect existing requirements for minimum yards, buffer yards and screening fences, open space, and off-street parking. Most of the proposed amendments are to the Zoning Ordinance (ZC-18-118), which will be heard by Zoning Commission on November 14th and by City Council on December 4th. The City Plan Commission heard the amendments related to the Subdivision Ordinance at the September 26th meeting. The Commission recommended approval to City Council for a text amendment to address multifamily block lengths. If approved, the Subdivision Ordinance, Article VI, Section 31-106 (d)(2)b, will include regulations for areas zoned CR, C or D as follows:
Areas zoned for "CR" low density multifamily, "C" medium density multifamily, and "D" high density multifamily districts shall conform to the following block restrictions. To ensure efficient circulation, the maximum block face shall be 1,000 feet. Private streets with adjacent sidewalks that are accessible through a public use easement, or a private walkway, which is accessible through such public use easement, may serve as a block boundary. Walkways are required to connect to public streets for improved connectivity and walkability.This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.