The quick answer is no. Residential zoning districts have setbacks and building heights identified in each district. FAR is more commonly referred to in Commercial zoning districts. I spent 20 yrs at the city of Scottsdale. Most of them as a director in the planning and zoning department. If be happy to try to answer additional Scottsdale development standard questions. Best of luck.... more
If your intentions are truly to do a major remodel after the purchase then the first thing I would do is try to negotiate a longer inspection period in your offer. It takes time for contractors to put bids together and your inspection period is your free look period to decide if you want the home or not, so make the most of it. Have a qualified licensed contractor explain to you the requirements, check with the City and if you are in an HOA make sure you understand their restrictions.
I don't know if you have already gotten started on your re-model yet. You can expect to pay in the ballpark of $80-$120 per sq foot unless you select very unique high-end finishes that will add to the cost. In that area the price per sq ft that homes have been selling at is almost always higher than what you are paying to add-on so you should receive a good return immediately if you hire a licensed contractor and get the addition fully permitted. Once the construction is completed a good designer can find you great finishes at lower prices than if you went to the vendors on your own.
Also, have you considered going green during the renovation, maybe even adding solar panels to further reduce your monthly expenses and add value to the home or using renewable forms of flooring, cabinetry, and installing low water use and electrical use appliances?
Please call me if you would like to discuss further.
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