The City Council forged ahead this week with sweeping density reductions in two-family and multifamily residential zones by introducing an ordinance to implement the changes over the objections of Mayor Jack Wood and nearly 100 people who filled the council chambers.
The council did, however, add a "grandfather clause" that will allow residents to submit completed plans for additions under the current law until April 1. The applicant would then have six months to obtain a building permit.
An amendment by Councilman Tony DeBellis, allowing slightly higher density on particularly large lots in two-family residential and limited multifamily zones, also was approved.
Under the new ordinance, two apartments or condominiums would be allowed on a lot of at least 3,500 square feet. With DeBellis' amendment, one additional unit would be allowed for each 1,720 square feet above 3,500.