15-0202 v2.1/Definitions and Calculations (Part VI)

QUESTION

From the various posts, I have been able to extract the following definitions to the various elements necessary for understanding one's site. (note: I have only thought about the definitions relative to a single site property, not a campus).

Project Area: There is to only be one set 'project area' that tracks through all Imperative calculations - and this should include the surrounding areas of disturbance as well as the footprint of the building/infrastructure and modified land use. For projects not in a campus setting, the property boundary would likely best define the project area.

Building Gross Square Footage [Area]: Gross Building Area is the area of all levels of the building from the outside of exterior walls, excluding unenclosed spaces such as decks, patios, courtyards or balconies. Enclosed spaces that are not occupied, such as mechanical rooms and garages, are included.

Building Footprint [Area]: Building Footprint is the area of the building at the ground plane, from the outside of exterior walls, excluding unenclosed spaces such as decks, patios, courtyards or balconies. Enclosed spaces that are not occupied, such as mechanical rooms and garages, are included.

FAR: Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is calculated by the actual project and not by ordinance. The FAR should then be calculated by dividing the defined project area by the building's total gross square footage.

Agriculture: Agriculture is the “science and art of cultivating the soil; including the allied pursuits of gathering in the crops and rearing livestock; tillage, husbandry, farming.”
The agricultural area does not need to be contiguous. It can be located at the ground plane, roof plane, vertically, or other combination. Land used for agriculture to meet the requirements of this Imperative should be included in the Total Project Area.
Could you please confirm the above definitions are correct?

Please define the Area of Disturbance and Landscape Area. (I was not able to define with confidence.)
I have seen reference to "other areas of disturbance" if necessary please define both "Other Area of Disturbance" and "Total Area of Disturbance".

Please clarify the statement, "Land used for agriculture to meet the requirements of this Imperative (02 - Urban Architecture) should be included in the Total Project Area". Is this referring only to land used when scale jumping? Similarly, if you are using roof and/or vertical surface(s) for agriculture that is already accounted for in the site area are they to be accounted for twice for the Total Project Area?

ANSWER 

Part VI "For the most part, your definitions are correct. Please also note: 

Agriculture: The paths for meeting the Urban Agriculture requirement have been expanded through the Dialogue to include orchards, medicinal gardens, apiculture (beekeeping) and other "cultivation", as long as the products are harvested and used in some way. Please see the Dialogue for more information and consider the types of Urban Agriculture that are most appropriate for your project.

Any area used for Urban Agriculture compliance that is within the owner's property and serves only the project is not Scale Jumping and therefore must be included in the Project Area and meet the requirements of all Imperatives. Areas should not be double counted. Areas used for Urban Agriculture compliance that are serving a larger community (i.e. adding a garden elsewhere on a campus) OR are off of the project owner's property are considered Scale Jumping and would not be part of the consistent Project Area used for all Imperatives. This is a clarification of the area calculations for Urban Agriculture when Scale Jumping and super-cedes any preceding posts.

Area of Disturbance: Any land or built infrastructure that is disturbed by the current project, including buildings, hardscape, areas used for construction staging or underground piping and planted areas. The phrase "area of disturbance" was at one point used to delineate "hardscape" (areas that are neither building or landscape) in the context of a FAR calculation question, but is now clarified to the above.

Landscape Area: Area that is planted, but outside of the area used for Urban Agriculture compliance.

Project Area: Project area must include all areas disturbed for the project, and maybe the area within the property line, but does not have to include all of the areas within the property line. "


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