Housing project plans tweaked

Change to townhomes, cupola confusion and land rights stumbling blocks for Village of New Loudon

Other issues that were deferred to a later meeting included changing the number of townhomes from 71 to 72 and changing 15,000 square feet of previously allotted commercial space to residential space in order to build apartments on that land.

Lastly, the developer would like the Neighborhood Commercial Office Residential (NCOR) code changed to allow the buildings height to go from 40 to 50 feet.

The developer would like to place decorative cupolas on the buildings that would extend above the 40-foot building height limit. Under the zoning law, as long as the building itself remains under 40 feet, structures such as church spires and chimneys are allowed to extend above that height.

However, since a cupola is a decorative feature, plans to extend six feet above that line it is not part of the exception. The developers would also like to have some leeway for elevator shafts or the potential to create parking spaces under the apartments.

The matters will be discussed at a future Planning Board meeting.

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