The Tooele City Planning Commission discussed minimum dwelling unit sizes for multi-family dwelling units during their Wednesday evening meeting.
Jim Bolser, Tooele City community development director presented a city code text amendment to address the minimum required unit size for multi-family dwellings.
City officials are requesting a more flexible approach to the size requirements, as well the ability to respond to market conditions affected by the minimum unit size.
In section 7-14-5 of the City code, regulations are found that make up the requirements of unit size for multi-family units.
Unit size depends on the zoning district in which the use is located and the type of parking provided for the unit.
All of the various types of dwelling units become “lumped together” and limit the opportunities for smaller, or one-bedroom units, to be provided for the segment of the market that would need this type of housing option, according to Bolser
The proposal is intended to accomplish three goals — create a greater separation between one bedroom units and larger units in multi-family developments, address the minimum dwelling unit sizes to be more responsive to changing market conditions, and separation of units considering the difficulty of providing smaller units under current city code provisions, according to Bolser.
Ultimately, the amendment will provide the opportunity to introduce a larger amount of smaller residential units into the market, Bolser said.
Bolsera also said that the proposal would not only acknowledge the unit requirements, but also establish a proportionality by which different unit sizes and types could be avoided within a development.
“These intents together are collectively intended to serve the greater attainability of housing options for the citizens of the community,” Bolser said.
In section 7-14-5 of the city code, the table of minimum dwelling unit size currently establishes the minimum dwelling unit size allowed within the residential zoning districts of the city.
Bolser proposed that multi-family dwelling projects be encouraged to provide a variety of unit sizes and layouts, along with allowing one-third of the total units in multi-family dwelling projects to be a one-bedroom unit.
Bolder would like to add that projects that are approved or constructed in phases, should maintain compliance with the terms of the section of city code regarding the allowance for one-bedroom units as if each phase is an independent project, he said.
Bolser also wants to change some of the square footage requirements for minimum dwelling size. He proposed that the minimum size of a one-bedroom unit in the MR-25 zoning district with a single garage be changed from 750 square feet to 700.
The square footage requirements in the MR-16 and MR-8 zoning districts should also be changed, according to Bolser.
A public hearing was held but there were no comments from the public.
All of the members of the planning commission voted to send a positive recommendation to the city council.