The Planning Commission has reaffirmed the goal of expanding housing options as part of their 2023 annual goals and have continued making progress on this effort. The demand for housing in our region remains high, particularly in locations that are convenient and accessible to one’s daily needs. Land use regulations as they relate to permitting housing types, densities, and locations are just one of the many levers influencing the housing needs in the City, but one that City Commission and Planning Commission have direct influence over.
Therefore, a host of small scale zoning changes are being considered to remove barriers and to provide additional attainable housing opportunities that allow numerous points of entry to being a resident in the City.
What is meant by housing options and why are they important?
Housing options refer to the variety in the type of housing stock allowed to be developed within the City. As defined by Daniel Parolek from Opticos Design, missing middle housing is often used to identify the range of housing types that fall between single-family homes and sizeable multiunit apartment buildings.
Proposed Zoning Changes Explored
- Create Definitions for Duplexes, Triplexes, and Quadplexes
- Eliminate the Annual Cap on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
- Remove the Owner-Occupancy Requirement for ADUs
- Allow ADUS with Duplexes
- Allow Duplexes by Right in the R-1a/b zoning District
- Allow up to Four Dwelling Units Per Lot in the R-2 District
- Reduce Minimum Lot Area in R-1a/b Zoning District
- Reduce Minimum Lot Width in the R-1a/b Zoning District
- Marginally Increase Impervious Surface Limits
- Allow Two Homes on a Lot That is Twice the Minimum Area without Being Split
- Reduce the Minimum Land Area for the Cluster Housing Development Option
- Rename the R-1a/b and R-2 Zoning Districts to Reflect the Proposed Changes
Next Steps and How You Can Participate
All of these modifications are suggestions in line with the Planning Commission's goals and objectives and are still subject to change at this time. Please stay engaged with the Planning Commission by attending meetings, emailing commissioners, and attending public engagement events.