What do you think of this proposal to allow more homeowners to establish mother-in-law apartments on their property?
*UPDATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017*
The Salt Lake City Council is considering changes to the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations. ADUs are small apartments that share a lot with a single-family home. ADUs can be 2) basement apartments, 3) above and inside garages, or 1) entirely separate buildings.
Latest version of ordinance.
One of the latest updates to the proposal would change the areas of the City where new ADUs would be allowed. The Council is now considering allowing ADUs citywide. The following changes were requested as part of straw polling voting at a September 5 Meeting:
- ADUs will be allowed Citywide. (thought still an annual limit of 25 per year will be allowed)
- Administrative review process that includes a 30 day notification of proposed ADUs to abutting property owners (including across the street).
- Council asked for reporting requirements to be included so the City can adequately track how ADUs are impacting neighborhoods, where they are being built, so that future changes could be made if needed.
- More information was requested on how the owner occupied requirement effects properties owned by Trusts and how enforcement issues will be addressed
Currently, the only properties eligible for new, legal ADUs are those located ½-mile or less from a fixed transit stop for Front Runner, TRAX or the S-Line. The current rules have significantly restricted the number of eligible properties. In fact, only one ADU permit has been granted by the City since 2012.
The Salt Lake City Council wants your feedback about this proposal! Share your thoughts by commenting on this post or attending one of two upcoming public hearings at the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S State Street, Room 315.
Public Hearing: Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Public Hearing: Tuesday, October 3, 7 p.m.
Visit the Council's website for more ways to share your feedback with the Council.
Here’s how the some of the options compare to existing regulations:
Regulation Existing Proposed
The following requirements would not change under the new proposal:
- Property owners would still be required to live on-site in either the accessory dwelling or the primary home.
- ADUs would still be required to be fully-appointed housing units complete with a kitchen, sleeping space, closet space, bathroom facilities, and an entrance either shared with or separate from the primary home.
For even more information and background about this proposal, you can download the Council Staff Report.