This four-story storage facility on Rochester Road is permitted under existing zoning guidelines.

This four-story storage facility on Rochester Road is permitted under existing zoning guidelines.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Planning Commission OKs building height recommendations

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 7, 2018

 The review of the maximum building height in the general business zoning district was triggered by this four-story storage facility on Rochester Road.

The review of the maximum building height in the general business zoning district was triggered by this four-story storage facility on Rochester Road.

Photo by Deb Jacques

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission put its stamp of approval on new design standards and limits on the height of buildings in Troy.

The Planning Commission voted 8-0 in two separate votes at its Oct. 23 meeting to recommend that the City Council approve zoning ordinance text amendments for design standards and to restrict building height in the general business district.

Currently, the city zoning ordinance allows five-story buildings in the general business district. The proposed text amendments to the zoning ordinance would limit building height in the general business district to three stories.

Planning Director R. Brent Savidant explained to the planning commissioners that the review of the maximum building height was triggered by the four-story storage facility under construction on Rochester Road, south of Wattles Road, which generated pushback from nearby residents.

Savidant said that if the council approves the change, the building under construction on Rochester Road would be allowed to be noncompliant.

“There are no pending applications (for five-story buildings),” he added.

The changes to the design standards would require applicants to describe a number of items in detail, including the design concept, intended uses, possible tenants and how building materials enhance the design concept.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said that the new text amendments would require color renderings and 3D models so city officials and planners can better understand what is being proposed.

Carlisle noted that the Planning Department asks for these things now as part of the review process.

Under the proposed changes, elevation and floor plan drawings for principal buildings would have to be designed and sealed by registered architects.

“If applicants don’t provide it, (the project) is simply put on hold,” Savidant said. “Right now, all we can do is ask for it. Now we would require it.”

The council will consider the zoning ordinance text amendments in the coming weeks.