SH Land Use and Zoning Report 2018 November

SH Land Use and Zoning Report 2018 November

On October 24, the Planning Commission approved a change to the Cottage Courts development at 3075 S 900 East.  They were approved to build 8 homes on 900 east, off a street down the middle, with only the two houses on 900 East facing the street.  they requested to be able to keep one of the existing houses, and modify it so it would face the new street, rather than have to tear it down.
Accessory Dwelling Units At its Tuesday, October 16 meeting, the Council adopted changes to the City’s regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), commonly known as mother-in-law apartments. The changes will allow ADUs in more areas of the City. Previously, the only properties eligible for new, legal ADUs were those located ½-mile or less from a fixed transit stop for Front Runner, TRAX or the S-Line. The previous rules significantly restricted the number of eligible properties. In fact, only one ADU permit has been granted by the City since 2012.
The changes the Council adopted will:
  1. Allow ADUs citywide, rather than based on a boundary area or proximity to a fixed transit stop
    1. Make ADUs a conditional use in the FR (Foothill Residential District) and R-1 (Single Family Residential) zoning districts. These are the zoning districts that only allow detached single family dwellings.
    2. Allow ADUs a permitted use in all other residential zoning districts that already allow duplexes, triplexes, and multi-family as permitted uses. (SR-1, SR-3, R-2 RMF-30 RMF-35, RMF-45, RMF-75, RB R-MU-35, R-MU-45, R-MU, and RO)
  2. Eliminate the permit limit of 25 ADUs per year in the City
  3. Clarify the definition of “owner occupied”
  4. Require properties with ADUs to have a deed restriction stating that an owner must occupy the property.
  5. Provide different design standards for Attached and Detached ADUs.
  6. Amend the wording of some standards for clarity.
The SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY use is proposed to be added to the allowable land uses in the CSHBD1 and 2 zones,(the core Sugar House Business District Zones) and FB-SE (Form-based Streetcar Edge) and FB-SC (Form-based Streetcar Car) areas of Sugar House.  
Single Room Occupancy (SRO) is defined as a group of rooms that contain either sleeping space and a kitchen, or sleeping space and a bathroom.  If they don’t have a bathroom, the bathroom will be down the hall shared by others.  If they don’t have a kitchen, there is a shared kitchen.  This is proposed as a way to offer more affordable housing options in SLC.  Here is a link to the staff report https://www.sugarhousecouncil.org/single-room-occu%E2%80%A6nning-commission/. If you have comments, please send them to judi.short@gmail.com and she will forward to the Planning Commission.
You can attend the PC meeting November 14 and comment.
The next meeting of the SHCC Land Use and Zoning Committee will be Monday, November 19 at 6 p.m. in the Fairmont Room of The Legacy Sugar House (12 12 Wilmington Avenue 5th floor)  Agenda items will include:  Sugar House Design Guidelines, and the outcome of the Single Room Occupancy issue at the Planning Commission.
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Judi Short
judi.short@gmail.com