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The City of San Diego has a zoning ordinance that refers to the "Phantom Floor".  Essentially this is defined as any:

  • Crawl Space Area where grade to floor above exceeds 5'
  • Open Area adjacent to a Mezzanine where the ceiling above is more than 5' high
  • Attic space where the roof surface above is more than 5' above the attic floor.

 

They use this "Phantom Floor" in the calculation of "Gross Floor Area" to determine the FAR.

 

Apparently they think we're going to finish any or all of those spaces and rent them to the Leprechans.:rolleyes:

 

Does anyone else have to deal with this other than in San Diego?

 

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Haven't seen that one around here yet.

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1 hour ago, Joe_Carrick said:

The City of San Diego has a zoning ordinance that refers to the "Phantom Floor".  Essentially this is defined as any:

  • Crawl Space Area where grade to floor above exceeds 5'
  • Open Area adjacent to a Mezzanine where the ceiling above is more than 5' high
  • Attic space where the roof surface above is more than 5' above the attic floor.

 

They use this "Phantom Floor" in the calculation of "Gross Floor Area" to determine the FAR.

 

Apparently they think we're going to finish any or all of those spaces and rent them to the Leprechans.:rolleyes:

 

Does anyone else have to deal with this other than in San Diego?

 

 

Hi Joe,  do you have a bulletin from the city of San Diego I can refer to?

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A few cities in the Bay Area have these requirements and they call the areas 2nd or 3rd floor "equivalents." They are just trying to make the house footprint sizes smaller for a specific lot, I think.

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10 hours ago, dshall said:

 

Hi Joe,  do you have a bulletin from the city of San Diego I can refer to?

San Diego Municipal Code 113-02S and 113.02T are a couple of them.  I'd have to look further to get all the details.

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Most (all) of Monterey County jurisdictions use 5' as the cut off point for floor area. I did a project in the City of Monterey and there were steeply sloping ceiling areas. We only started the floor area calc based on the 60" shown in section.

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