Zoning Ordinance Amendments Agenda Item
At their October 16, 2023 meeting, the City Commission will consider adoption of proposed amendments to the Traverse City Code of Ordinances to allow additional dwelling types and to modify dimensional standards in the R-1a, R-1b and R-2 residential zoning districts.
Proposed Amendments to be Considered
Special Land Use Regulations
- Reduce minimum lot size from five acres to one acre
- Switch from a City Commission SLUP to an Administrative SLUP
R-1a and R-1b Single-Family Dwelling District Modifications
- Reduce minimum lot width in the R-1a from 90 ft to 70 ft
- Reduce minimum lot width in the R-1b from 45 ft to 35 ft
- Reduce minimum lot area in the R-1a from 9,000 sf to 7,000 sf
- Reduce minimum lot area in the R-1b from 5,000 sf to 4,000 sf
- Increase maximum impervious area in the R-1a from 30% to 35%
- Option to increase maximum impervious area in the R-1b from 45% to 50% subject to complying with standards
- Increase maximum impervious area in the R-1a from 40% to 50%
Two Principle Dwellings in R-1a/b
- Allow two single family dwellings on lots that are twice the minimum area without a lot split
Increase Density in the R-1a/b District
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Modifications
- Remove the annual cap of 15 permitted ADUs
Allow ADUs with duplexes in the R-2, also the requirement that the property owner live in either the principal residence or the accessory dwelling unit would remain.
Redevelopment of City Property Agenda Item
Also at the October 16, 2023 meeting, the City Commission will consider approval for the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) concerning the redevelopment of three contiguous city-owned properties. These properties are located at 715 Beitner, 723 Beitner, and 535 Woodmere, and the focus of this initiative is to address workforce housing needs.
On January 17, 2023, the Beitner Property Ad Hoc Committee was established with the purpose of developing an RFP tailored to the requirements of workforce housing. City staff, in collaboration with the City Commission Ad Hoc Committee, engaged the services of Mission North to evaluate the feasibility of the property and draft the RFP. The proposal to issue an RFP seeks to encourage submissions from potential developers and stakeholders interested in contributing to the development of workforce housing options in the City.
In 2022, the City Commission's adopted Goals and Objectives identified housing and homelessness as a strategic priority with a goal to increase opportunities for more diverse housing through public and private options.