Proposed guidelines would standardize new homes’ appearances

by Sarah Melton

Mount Holly is proposing to require that all new homes have a front porch of at least 50 square feet.

MOUNT HOLLY – The Mount Holly City Council got its first in-depth look at proposed design guidelines for single-family homes and commercial construction Sept. 27.

The guidelines would apply to all newly built homes located within the zoning jurisdiction, city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction and the City of Mount Holly. City planning staff researched various cities and towns around Mount Holly and discovered that many had adopted similar guidelines.

Residential structures would have to meet several criteria, including:

• Each home must have a usable front porch of at least 50 square feet.

• Garages facing the street must be recessed at least four feet from the front of the home.

• Façade materials must be made of wood clapboard, shingle, drop siding and board and batten, stone, brick, stucco or vinyl siding approved by planning staff.

• Accessory buildings more than 200 square feet shall be clad in similar materials as the proposed house.

• Garden walls must be made of brick, stone or stucco.

• Fences in the front yard must be made of wood, wrought iron or plastic.

• Roofs must be wood shingles, standing seam metal, terne slate or architectural asphalt shingles and meet certain criteria for the pitch.

• Ground cover or paving treatment must be consistent with surrounding homes.

The design guidelines also address commercial structures, but do not require developers to build structures that look like other buildings throughout Mount Holly.

A few of the design guidelines for commercial structures include:

• Pitched roofs shall be clad in wood shingles, standing steam material, corrugated metal, slate, diamond tab asphalt shingles or similar material.

• Building materials and colors must be similar to the materials already being used in the neighborhood. If other materials are proposed, other characteristics will be used to ensure that enough similarity exists to match the rest of the neighborhood.

• Façade colors must be of low reflectance earth tone, muted, subtle or neutral colors.

• Building trim may feature brighter colors as an accent material only. The use of fluorescent, day-glow or neon colors will be prohibited.

• Parking must be behind or by the side of the building.

• Drive-thru service windows will be on the rear façade of the building.

Councilmen Perry Toomey and Jim Hope said there were a few items they disagreed with in the document, but they wanted to discuss it further at a future council meeting.

Mayor Bryan Hough added that he wanted to see some of the complex terms simplified so residents would better understand the guidelines.

The council will likely hold a public hearing in November and then make a final decision.

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