At the October 8, 2018 regular meeting, Amberley Village Council approved a six-month moratorium on the construction of certain accessory structures over 200 square feet.
The moratorium, which took effect immediately, is designed to allow adequate time for Amberley Village staff, Planning Commission and Village Council members to study and investigate accessory structures in the Village and develop fair and equitable regulations governing the structures. The review will take into consideration the ability of property owners to use their property and the adverse impacts of such structures on neighbors and the surrounding community, property values and quality of life in general.
This action is directed at accessory structures in excess of 200 square feet of floor space that are covered or have a roof such that they are not open to the sky. This would typically include large sheds or garages and other detached covered structures. Not included are swimming pools, patios, driveways or similar accessory structures. The moratorium is not intended to include temporary structures such as tents. Sheds or garages 200 square feet or less will continue to be processed and are not included in this moratorium.
This action means that, during the moratorium, Village staff will not be authorized to approve applications for new accessory uses exceeding 200 square feet. The moratorium does not apply to structures for which zoning approval and/or a building permit has been issued before October 8, 2018.
Over the next six months, Village staff will be working to investigate and study the existing zoning code and develop fair and equitable rules governing accessory structures. The process will involve the Amberley Village Planning Commission and ultimately Amberley Village Council, and will include public meetings, hearings, and opportunities for public input throughout the process.
Questions or written comments regarding the moratorium and proposed regulations regarding accessory structures may be directed to Wes Brown, Zoning & Project Administrator at 531-8675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Ordinance 2018-11, Emergency Ordinance Approving a Temporary Moratorium on Certain Accessory Structures
What do I need to know about the moratorium on certain accessory structures?
What is an accessory structure according to the Village Code?
Amberley Village Code §154.02 defines an Accessory Structure as a permanent or portable structure on the same lot with, and of a natural incidental and subordinate to, the use of the principal structure.
For example, a common project that would be considered accessory structure is the construction of a shed, garage (detached), gazebo, or pool.
What development will be halted under the moratorium?
The moratorium applies to accessory structures in excess of 200 square feet of floor space, that are covered or have a roof (not open to the sky).
What development will be allowed under the moratorium?
The moratorium excludes uncovered structures like swimming pools, patios, driveways, swingsets and similar structures. The moratorium is not intended to apply to temporary structures such as tents.
Any project that has already received a zoning approval (permit) from Amberley Village is exempted from the moratorium and may proceed to construction according to the previously approved plans.
Sheds, garages and other detached structures 200 square feet or less will continue to be processed and are not included in the moratorium.
When will the moratorium end?
A six-month moratorium was implemented via Ordinance 2018-11 which was passed on October 8, 2018. It will end 180 days after the date of initial adoption unless the Village Council chooses to repeal or renew it.