Design Review Board

Lonsdale Infill Housing Overlay District


Staff Recommendation

Staff recommends approval of Certificate 2-D-24-IH, subject to the following conditions: 1) final site plan to meet City Engineering standards; 2) foundation to be elevated to at least 12 inches to reflect historic houses in neighborhood; 3) front porches to be revised to measure at least 8 feet deep; 4) left elevation to be revised to incorporate additional windows; 5) design to be revised to differentiate from other adjacent new construction houses on Divide Street, with approval by staff.

Applicant Request

New Primary Structure

1. The house is proposed to be set 20' from the front property line. The block to receive new construction does not contain other houses; the proposed front setback is appropriate for the block and seven new houses will create a consistent streetscape.

2. There are no houses on the block to serve as design context. The one-story, three-bay houses are proportional to the dimensions of the lot and the context of the broader neighborhood.

3. There is no constructed alley on the property. The proposed parking meets the design guidelines for properties without alleys (placing parking at least 20' behind the front façade of the house with access limited to one lane between the street and the front façade). Modifications may be necessary to meet City Engineering standards. Modifications may also be necessary to Divide Street, as the street is very narrow and unfinished.

4. The house's façade is similar in scale and width to existing houses in the neighborhood. The house is proposed for a concrete slab foundation; the foundation should be elevated to at least 12" to 18" to reflect foundation heights in the neighborhood.

5. The house features a recessed corner porch below the primary roofline; no porch depth measurements are provided. The front porches should be revised to be at least 8' deep to be proportional to original porches in the neighborhood.

6. Guidelines recommend window and door styles be similar, with similar proportions and ratio of solid to void, to historic houses in the context. The left elevation should feature at least two windows to be compatible with the context.

7. The proposed roof pitch, 6/12, is the minimum typically approved in the Infill Housing overlay.

8. Final horizontal siding materials should incorporate an overlap instead of Dutch lap or flush panel sidings. The foundation should be clad in stucco or a parge coat.

9. The final site plans should incorporate one native or naturalized shade tree in the front and rear yards. The lots currently feature a substantial amount of trees and other vegetation; existing trees should be retained if at all possible.

10. The proposed new construction house should be differentiated in design from the six other new construction houses proposed on Divide Street at the same time. Design tactics can include roofline modifications, different porch designs, or other methods.

Site Info

New primary structure facing Divide Street. One-story residence features a front-gable roof (6/12 pitch), an exterior of vinyl lap siding and brick veneer, and a slab foundation. The house features a partial-width porch, recessed under the primary roofline, supported by two wood posts. Parking is accessed from the street and located to the left side of the house via a 10' wide by 42' long driveway.

The façade (southwest) is three bays wide, featuring a projecting front-gable roof massing with paired double-hung windows, and door and paired double-hung windows recessed under the porch. The left side has no windows; the right elevation features two double-hung windows recessed toward the rear of the house.

3428 Divide Street is proposed to be identical to adjacent new houses at 3440, 3436, 3432, 3424, 3420 and 3416 Divide Street. The applicant has provided renderings showing material differentiation.


William McGhee McGhee Construction

Planning Staff
Lindsay Crockett
Phone: 865-215-3795
3428 Divide St.

Chabella LLC