One of the great things about having a blog is being able to vent.Â In connection with an appraisal assignment I attempted to clarify a confusing issue regarding the new fresh market zoning bonus that was recently enacted.Â My question, in a C8-3 zone that permits a 2.0 commercial FAR and 6.5 for community facility uses, would the inclusion of a fresh market allow a commercial bonus in excess of the maximum 6.5 FAR, or additional commercial density within the 6.5 FAR?Â Â Kind of a technical question that was unclear (to me) from reading the ordinance.Â For clarification I called the zoning office and proceeded to have the most bizarre conversation that went something like this:
Me: Hi, Iâ€™d like to get some clarification on the fresh market bonus in a commercial zone.
Zoning:Â Fresh market bonus.Â Whatâ€™s that?
Me: Itâ€™s a new zoning bonus that was recently approved.
Zoning:Â Â I donâ€™t know about it.Â Did you try to find it in the ordinance?Â Do you know where it is?
Me: Yes.Â I read it and itâ€™s confusing.Â Itâ€™s Article 6, Chapter 3, section 63-00.
Zoning:Â OK, Let me find it.Â Weâ€™ll read it together.Â What do you want to do on the property.
Me: Iâ€™m appraising the property so I want to understand the bonus.
Zoning (this is where it gets good):Â Appraising it?Â To appraise it you have to know about the zoning.Â Â How can you get the market value without knowing the zoning?
Me (starting to get impatient):Â Yes, I know.Â Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m calling you.
Zoning (being rude):Â You canâ€™t just call zoning [That was my favorite part!].Â You have to read everything and understand the zoning or how can you appraise it.
Me (starting to lose it): I read it and donâ€™t understand it.Â Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m calling you.Â Itâ€™s clear that you canâ€™t help me.Â Â Is there anyone there that would be familiar with this bonus that I can speak with?
Zoning (even ruder):Â Nobody here is going to talk to an appraiser (sneerâ€¦really!).Â Â Everyone is busy doing things.Â Â Nobody will talk to an appraiser.Â You have to read everything.
Me (convinced that I am on Candid Camera):Â Â Why is that? Are appraisers not worth their time?
Zoning (having had enough of me):Â They are too busy.Â I will read the zoning text with you.Â Â Hold on while it comes up on my computer.
At this point I hung up. Â And all I could think about is, with the drastic need to save taxpayer dollars, I have an excellent place to start!