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Design Residence Districts (DRDs)

The League of Women Voters of Fairfield supports:

I. Retention of Design Residence District (DRD) zoning for market-value development, provided that:

  • It is limited to transitional areas (those abutting conforming business and/or industrial zoning);
  • The allowable densities are kept to those of the underlying residential zones; 
  • Sites conform to proposed minimum lost acreage (AAA zone; 30A; AA; 10A; R-3; 5A; R-2; 2A; A, B, & C; 1A);
  • They are serviced by sanitary sewers;
  • Existing natural topography and features of the landscape are retained to the greatest extent possible.

II. Retention of DRD zoning as one method of providing moderate-income housing for people of all ages, with moderate income defined as up to 80 percent of the Fairfield median income, provided that:  
  • There are continuing restrictions (by deed or otherwise) to ensure that units remain below-market in cost; 
  • Incentive density bonuses may be allowed as a means to encourage such development. The amount of the density bonus should be considered on a case-by-case basis; 
  • Minimum lot sizes should be considered on a case-by-case basis, with lot sizes as specified in I-C as a guideline;
  • They are serviced by sanitary sewers;
  • Existing natural topography and features of the landscape are retained to the greatest extent possible.

III. Protection of the character of the town, and its established single-family residential neighborhoods, from indiscriminate zone changes or spot-zoning for multi-family development. (It is understood that courts have ruled that parcels of five acres or more are not considered spot zones.)