So through out my professional work in California we have calculated FAR as a ratio of the total site area, for instance if a site is 1000 SF with an FAR of 4, the maximum total floor area is 4000. Simple! I also checked Black Spectacle and this is how he calculates it too.
But I was studying the pluralsight videos and the guy insists multiple times that the FAR is calculated from the BUILDABLE SITE area, not the total site area!? For the same example if the lot coverage is 50% he would calculate the FAR as (1000x.5) x4 = 2000
Can someone help clarify? I'm certain that the first way is how our jurisdiction calculates it but now i'm confused as to what the ARE way is.
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