​Accessory Dwelling Units Proposal Sparks Flap At Salt Lake City Council

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Accessory Dwelling Units Proposal Sparks Flap At Salt Lake City Council

The Salt Lake City Council has proposed an ordinance that would allow small apartments, called accessory dwelling units, to share a lot with single-family homes.

The proposal would change the areas of the city where new units, also called mother-in-law apartments,  would be allowed. Including one option for city-wide. That is what stirred up the council recently, according to reports.

Councilman Derek Kitchen pitched a straw poll to remove geographic boundaries from the pilot program, which would be limited to 25 ADU permits per year, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Kitchen sees a “geographic equity concern” in excluding The Avenues and the east bench from an all-hands-on-deck effort to address Salt Lake City’s growing housing needs.

Read details of the council debate here.

The housing crunch is real, with Cushman & Wakefield reporting that Salt Lake County’s 2017 apartment market has the lowest vacancy rate — 2.6 percent — encountered by the company in its 16 years of compiling statistics.

Some items the accessory dwelling units ordinance provides are:

  • Create new housing units while respecting the appearance and scale of single-family residential development;
  • Provide more housing choices in residential districts;
  • Allow more efficient use of existing housing stock, public infrastructure, and the embodied energy contained within existing structures;
  • Provide housing options for family caregivers, adult children, aging parents, and families seeking smaller households;
  • Offer a means for residents, particularly seniors, single parents, and families with grown children, to remain in their homes and neighborhoods, and obtain extra income, security, companionship, and services;
  • Broaden the range of affordable housing throughout the city;
  • Support sustainability objectives by increasing housing close to jobs, schools, and services, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption;
  • Support transit oriented development and reduce auto usage by increasing density near transit;
  • Support the economic viability of historic properties and the city’s historic preservation goals by allowing accessory dwellings in historic structures.

 

The Salt Lake City Council has proposed an ordinance that would allow small apartments, called accessory dwelling units, to share a lot with single-family homes.

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