The subject of Monster Houses in Sea Isle City just won’t go away. The huge amount of time and effort by everyone involved with this issue was nothing but a dumpster fire. The changes made won’t make any difference in Sea Isle City’s landscape. Buildings will be just as high as before but a little bit smaller in floor area, which aspect I doubt the human eye will even notice. But a small minority of residents are happy now as they thought they won but really, they only succeeded in causing unnecessary havoc in the city they claim to love and care for so much.
Now at issue in the building Ordinance is its vagueness in the definition of “Floor Area.” See below as copied and pasted from Sea Isle Ordinance 1591. In its content, the words “horizontal areas” and what that includes is the problem. Apparently it needs to be defined more clearly because some people can’t see that a “horizontal area” does not include stairwells and elevator shafts. I don’t know, call me crazy but the word “vertical” comes to my mind when I think of these two things. Or, “open space” more accurately describes them than does “horizontal.” I would think a”horizontal area” ends when it meets the stairwell and the elevator shaft and becomes becomes something else. I can’t walk across a stairwell or an elevator shaft, this I am sure, without needing someone to call 911 from my injuries of “falling through” the “horizontal area.” Elevator shafts and interior stairwells should be included with the other items below the Definitions that count as “0%.” It is a no brainer to me but City Official(s) don’t see it this way. I hope they come to their senses soon and correct this problem.
|Floor area shall mean the sum of the gross horizontal areas of the several floors of the building, or buildings, measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls, or from the center line of party walls separating two (2) buildings. The calculation of the “floor area” of the building shall be based on the following standards: Enclosed floor area on the first floor or above||100%|
|Glass enclosed and covered porches||100%|
|Screened or otherwise enclosed covered porches or breezeways||50%|
|Enclosed attached or detached garage or open carports||0%|
|On-grade patios, terraces and uncovered or covered steps||0%|
|Open balconies, open attached covered or uncovered decks including roof decks, open covered porches, open breezeways||0%|
|Projections in compliance with 26-27.6 Encroachments||0%|