Density increases for developers approved by Smithfield council

SMITHFIELD — Members of the City Council found themselves in disagreement Wednesday as two ordinances were introduced and discussed. Though public hearings lacked participation, the council thoroughly addressed both issues. “I’ve always fought for the other side,” said Councilwoman Kris Monson, in response to Ordinance 11-16, which addresses residential density. “I hate seeing too many people in a small space.” Ordinance 11-16 specifically addresses multiple family residential areas. With the modifications prepared by the planning commission, developers would have the opportunity to earn density increases. So long as specific requirements were fulfilled, a housing development could be awarded a 10 percent density expansion. Suggested requirements included specified exterior material and designated recreation facilities. Brent Buttars defended the ordinance’s potential revisions, recognizing long-term benefits of incentives. He expressed his concern for the future of multifamily developments, acknowledging a need for admirable housing not only today but 10 years from now.

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