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New Business   Item #: E.
Consideration of a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Allow Side Yard Mechanical Units
Business Meeting: 05/04/2021
This request is to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia, 1986 as amended, specifically to amend Article 2.P. Accessory Uses and Structures, to allow side yard mechanical units in residential zoning districts, with appropriate screening and separation distance from neighboring dwelling windows and doors.
This item revises Article 2.P. Accessory Uses and Structures to allow side yard mechanical units in residential zoning districts with appropriate screening and distance from neighboring dwelling windows and doors.
Existing language requires mechanical units in the rear yard behind the principal building or home. There are a lot of non-conforming mechanical units and there are frequently practical reasons why a mechanical unit is best suited for a side yard, however, they contribute to a visually disrupted aesthetic if they aren't screened by plants or fences.
The Planning Commission, at their April 12, 2021 meeting, voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the text amendment allowing side-yard mechanical units.
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