What do you think of this proposal to allow more homeowners to establish mother-in-law apartments on their property?
*UPDATED Dec. 6 2017
After several discussions and two public hearings about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), the Council on Dec. 5 sent the proposal back to the City’s Planning Division for a renewed discussion. The proposed ordinance would have changed the City’s ADU regulations, but will instead will undergo additional Planning review and then renewed Council consideration in spring of 2018.
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.
One of the latest updates would change the areas of the City where new ADUs would be allowed.
Read the ordinance:
* Updated version of ordinance with changes noted.
At the Council's 10/17 Work Session, Council Members requested additional information on reviewing the overall effects of the proposal. See Oct. 17 Work Session here and click on “interactive/video.”
Earlier changes from the original proposal came out of the September 5 Council 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.
Two Public Hearings have already been held this fall, and comments are still being taken.
For even more information and background about this proposal, you can download the latest Council Staff Report.
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.