New RMF-30 project in Sugar House looks to take advantage of density bonuses

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The RMF-30 zoning changes looked to make unique housing options that preserved existing stock on odd or oversized lots. Numerous projects have popped up around the city, but not many have used their density bonuses quite like this one. 

Located at 2564 S. 800 E., a developer is looking to consolidate an existing single-family home and a fourplex onto one lot and build five cottage-style units in the back of the lot. 

The proposal would remove the two separate driveways, a carport, and some existing vegetation and storage near the back of the lot. 

This near doubling of units on the proposed combined lot is allowed in the updated RMF-30 zone by maintaining the existing single-family home and multifamily properties on the consolidated lot. 

The proposed lot would be just over 16,000 square feet, allowing seven cottages to be built. Four are allowed outright in RMF-30, and three more as bonuses for preserving the existing housing. One bonus cottage is for the single-family home being maintained, and two more are for the multifamily structure being maintained. 

The proposal submitted on January 25th only shows five units due to the need for parking, even though the two missing but allowed cottages would not require any additional parking. All bonus units are exempt from off-street parking requirements, and every new cottage requires just one as long as the cottages are 400 sqft The rest of the lot’s interior will provide ten parking stalls to meet the requirements based on the density. 

The cottages proposed don’t give much detail other than making clear they’re detached units that will average around 400 square feet in size. 

The RMF-30 zone was updated last year with the goal of increasing housing types and density with many deep, oversized, and uniquely shaped lots throughout the city.

Projects such as this show continue to show a demand to develop, even at a small scale. Other RMF-30 projects have shown there is interest in expanding it all around Salt Lake City. 

This project will again be one of the early tests of the city’s RMF-30 changes and how it allows more flexible types of housing development. It is a work in progress, but more projects are coming.

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Zeke Peters is a dual-masters student at the University of Utah studying Urban Planning and Public Administration. He works as a planner and designer in Salt Lake City. He currently resides in downtown Salt Lake and is from Austin, Minnesota, the birthplace of SPAM.