Zoning Practice — May 2006

Ask the Author

Here are reader questions answered by Jennifer Evans-Cowley, AICP, author of the April 2006 Zoning Practice article "Zoning for Universal Design and Visitability."

Question from Robert P. Grinch, Columbus, Ohio:

Is it a proven fact that it is safer to have attached garage floors lower than floors in adjacent interior floor space? Could steps that are typically located in garages be eliminated (or at least reduce the number or risers) to accommodate easy access for seniors, especially for persons returning from the grocery store and carrying bulk items?

Answer from author Jennifer Evans-Cowley:

I am not aware that it is a proven fact that it is safer to have attached garage floors lower than floors in adjacent interior floor spaces. Yes, it would be possible to eliminate garage steps. In the South, it is very common to have no steps or a minimum elevation between the house and the garage.