Brier’s municipal code is written to preserve the semi-rural character of our neighborhood, with larger lots and an emphasis on preservation of open space and natural landscape. While serving on council I will maintain our 12,500sf minimum lot size, deep setbacks from the street, and encourage tree preservation and native plantings.
State changes to housing laws will take effect in 2025, allowing duplex housing and accessory dwelling units on many parcels in Brier. Although we won’t be reducing our minimum lot size, we must carefully review and update our code so that the city can accommodate more residences while maintaining our peaceful neighborhoods and easy access to natural spaces. Factors to consider will include:
• ensuring adequate infrastructure – stormwater, sewage, water, power
• limiting square footage of accessory units
• maintaining maximum lot coverage
• allowable building locations, heights, and setbacks from property line
• driveways, onsite parking, and parking on public streets
• promotion of renewable energy options for new structures
We can expect the state legislature to make modifications and updates to this year’s housing changes. Brier will want to be part of that conversation, as city planners, contractors, civil engineers, and other professionals work with residents to find a balance that reinforces healthy neighborhoods while implementing the state requirements.