Carports and Gazebos

1 Feb

The county has made a change in the rules regarding Gazebos and Carports. They have increased the amount of space these two items can occupy without it counting towards your total residential square footage. Or course, the numbers are still silly but at least it is a step in the right direction!

This docket is a proposed text amendment to Article 18-189D of the Boulder County Land Use Code, related to the definition of residential floor area (used for purposes of Site Plan Review and the Expanded Transfer of Development Rights program).  The subject docket proposes a slight change to the exception in the definition of residential floor area.  The current exception exempts gazebos and carports under 200 square feet each, up to a total of 400 square feet, from counting as residential floor area.  The proposed revision is to exempt 400 square feet total of gazebo or carport in any configuration from counting as residential floor area. 
 
Proposed Amendment to Article 18 – Definitions:
18-189D  Residential Floor Area 
For the purposes of Site Plan Review and the presumptive size thresholds associated with the
Expanded Transfer of Development Rights Program, Residential Floor Area includes all attached and detached floor area (as defined in 18-162) on a parcel including principal and accessory structures used or customarily used for residential purposes, such as garages, studios, pool houses, home offices, and workshops. (Exemptions: Gazebos and carports under 200 square feet up to a total combined size of 400 square feet.)
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