St. Michaels is currently updating its zoning code. The zoning code regulates how land may be used on properties located within the corporate limits of the Town. The St. Michaels Zoning Code is one of the primary tools officials use to implement objectives, policies and strategies recommended in the St. Michaels Comprehensive Plan 2015. Citizens can view the Zoning Code and the Comprehensive Plan on the Town of St. Michaels web page (http://stmichaelsmd.gov/).

The update process presents an opportunity to engage the citizens of St. Michaels in a discussion of how St. Michaels’ zoning code may be made more effective. Among other things, St. Michaels’ Zoning Code directly effects:

· how land can be developed, e.g., minimum lot size, number of dwelling units allowed per acre, percentage of property that may be covered with buildings and, impervious surfaces;

· what types of uses are allowed, e.g., commercial, residential, industrial;

· what types of structure can be built, e.g., single family dwellings, apartments, stores;

· what types of accessory uses, and structures are allowed in different parts of the community and where on the property they may be placed, e.g., structures like garages and swimming pools and uses like storage of recreational vehicles;

· how many parking spaces must be provided on the property;

· what types and how much signage is allowed; and

· what measures must be taken to protect the environment, e.g., buffer plantings, runoff controls.

The following survey is intended to sample community sentiment on several zoning matters. After telling us a little bit about you, we want your thoughts and opinions on the following topics that have been cited as important issues to be addressed in the zoning ordinance update:

Accessory Dwelling Units - Increasing the supply of affordable housing supports the goal of the Comprehensive Plan to “make St. Michaels a place where persons of all levels of income and ages can work and live.” Allowing accessory dwelling units on residential properties is one way the Town can encourage private investment in the creation of housing for those who currently cannot afford to live in St. Michaels.

Signs in Commercial Areas - Signs in the commercial areas serve multiple purposes including announcing goods and services offered, providing direction for pedestrians and motorists, and regulating traffic. Sign features (size, color, shape, text, and lighting) and location (on a building, in a yard, in the public way) play an important role in the defining the visual character of an area and St. Michaels Zoning Survey collectively affect perceptions of the place that is St. Michaels.

Building Height Limits - The current building height limit in most zoning districts is 35 feet and two-and-a-half-stories. Requiring buildings located in the floodplain to raise the first floor above the base flood elevation denies property owners the ability to construct a full two-and-a-half-story structure as is allowed properties not located in the floodplain.

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* 2. Completing the survey for another person? If so, list your relationship to the person.

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* 5. In what town and state do you live?

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* 6. How old are you

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* 7. Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with St. Michaels’ zoning requirements and standards?

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* 9. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with uses allowed in residential zones in St. Michaels?

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* 10. What uses not currently allowed in residential zones should be added?

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* 11. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with uses allowed in commercial zones in St. Michaels?

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* 12. What uses not currently allowed in commercial zones should be added?

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* 13. Should St. Michaels allow accessory dwelling units in residential districts?

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* 15. Should St. Michaels limit accessory dwelling units to residential properties in which the owner lives?

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* 17. Should St. Michaels allow any residential property to include an accessory dwelling unit?

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* 19. The St. Michaels Zoning Code defines immediate family as “person or persons related by blood, marriage, domestic partnership, and or legal custody.” Should St. Michaels specify that only an immediate family member may reside in an accessory dwelling unit?

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* 21. Should St. Michaels allow a resident caregiver to reside in an accessory dwelling unit?

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* 23. Should St. Michaels limit the number of unrelated persons that can reside in an accessory dwelling unit?

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* 25. What should be the limit on the number of unrelated persons that can reside in an accessory dwelling unit?

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* 27. Should an accessory dwelling unit be available for rent to long term tenants (more than four months in a year)?

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* 29. Should an accessory dwelling unit be used to accommodate short term renters (vacation rental of less than four months, e.g., AirBnB)?

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* 31. Should St. Michaels allow conversion of homes into company provided employee housing in zoning districts primarily developed with single family dwellings?

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* 33. Do you think the current number and size of signs around town are about right?

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* 35. Should Town officials consider adding more signs in the public way directing visitors (wayfinding signage) to public and private goods and services offered off the Talbot Street (Route 33) corridor?

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* 37. Do you feel the amount of public parking around the town is adequate?

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* 39. Would you support modifying the current 35-foot building height limit to allow a minimal height exception for buildings located in the floodplain?

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