Changes sought to shared driveway rules

If developers want to connect more than three building lots with an accessway — a driveway that’s shared between houses — they have to go through a lengthy process of applying for a waiver of the regulations.
Expanding that number of buildings that can be served by one driveway from three to five or more was something attorney Bob Jewell suggested the Planning and Zoning Commission should change, at its Tuesday, March 26, meeting. 
“This has come before you guys a couple of times before,” Jewell remarked.
He told the commission that he’s currently working on a subdivision off Barry Avenue that would include an access road serving four lots.
Earlier that evening, Jewell failed to get a waiver from the commission for another accessway at 167 High Ridge Avenue
The waiver failed because not enough commissioners were at the table to vote.
“John, can you remember the rationale as to why it’s three lots on an access way?” Vice Chairman Joe Fossi asked Commissioner John Katz, who has been on the commission since the late 1970s.
“As I understood it, basically it was because we did not at that time have roadway construction standards for accessways, and accessways were deteriorating,” said Katz
Since then, the standards for an accessway to be built have been raised to the level of roads — only narrower. 
“Keeping the width down is much to be desired; that keeps the apron down too, so it doesn’t look like a highway being built in the middle of a moderately rural subdivision,” said Katz.
“I can’t think of one reason why we wouldn’t do this,” said Fossi.
“Me too,” agreed Katz, who later indicated he wouldn’t want to see more than five lots served by a shared driveway.
Most of the commission said they could agree to five. 
Mucchetti told Jewell to come back with a proposal for up to five lots on an accessway
Commissioner George Hanlon seemed less thrilled with the idea. 
“I don’t like it, but that’s just me” he said.
“But you wouldn’t vote against it?” asked Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti
“I might,” Hanlon admitted.