Zoning Code Update
Housing and the Missing Middle
Did you know that 83% of Roseville’s residentially-zoned land only allows single family houses? Plus, only 18% of owner-occupied housing is valued at less than $200,000 and one in four households is housing cost-burdened (pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing). Roseville’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan includes several goals aimed at increasing housing options for the “missing middle”. Missing Middle housing gets its name because it’s generally seen as housing that sits in the middle of the spectrum between detached single-family homes and mid-rise apartment buildings. Missing middle housing types are typically seen as twin homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, rowhouses, townhouses, and courtyard cottage homes. These types of housing can provide options that meet people’s lifecycle and affordability needs while being generally compatible with the scale of existing low density housing.
While Roseville has experienced an apartment boom of late, very little missing-middle housing has been added to the community, mostly because there is very little land zoned to accommodate it. In consideration of this, and as part of a larger effort to update the City’s Zoning Code, the Planning Commission’s planned public hearing on August 4, 2021 at 6:30pm will include consideration of expanding the housing types that would be allowed in Roseville’s LDR-1 and LDR-2 residential districts. More specifically, allowing duplexes, twin homes, and courtyard cottage homes is being considered for the Low Density Residential District (currently called LDR-1) and allowing triplexes and fourplexes is being considered for the Low to Medium Density Residential District (currently called LDR-2). Interested persons may attend the meeting in-person or virtually by signing up at www.cityofroseville.com/AttendMeeting.
More Missing Middle Housing Info
On August 4, 2021, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to solicit input on proposed changes to the City’s Zoning Map and Zoning Code. The proposed changes will bring the City’s zoning regulations into alignment with the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in April 2020. The City Council began its discussion of the proposed amendments on September 13 and will continue the discussion on October 18.
What is the Zoning Code?
The Zoning Code is the set of rules that identifies how individual properties within the City can be used. It also sets standards for how buildings may be developed or changed. The Zoning Code is structured by dividing the City into districts and then identifying what can occur in each district. The Zoning Map, available here, shows where the City’s zoning districts are located.
The Zoning Code also has standards that apply to all districts, such as parking, landscaping, screening, signage, etc. State law requires that the Zoning Code’s regulations are consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
What is the Zoning Code Update Project?
The City of Roseville is updating its Zoning Code in 2021 to make sure its zoning regulations are consistent with the goals, policies, and maps in the recently adopted 2040 Comprehensive Plan. In addition, specific Zoning Code inconsistencies and issues identified by the City Council and City Staff will be studied as part of this project. A preliminary list of the updates being considered is available here.
What is the 2040 Comprehensive Plan?
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a document that is a tool for guiding the growth, redevelopment, and overall improvement of the City. While the most recognized part of the Comprehensive Plan is its land use plan, the plan also includes goals, objectives, and strategies that direct actions related to housing, economic development, transportation, parks, trails, open space, environmental protection, and utilities. To meet state law and to ensure that the Comprehensive Plan is reflective of the community’s vision and current trends, the Comprehensive Plan is updated every 10 years. The most recent Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2020, looks out to 2040. More information about the 2040 Comprehensive Plan can be found on the City’s webpage at www.cityofroseville.com/CompPlan.
The City is updating its code now, in part, because State law requires a city to review and update its Zoning Code after it has adopted a new comprehensive plan. These potential updates will address specific standards in some zoning districts, parking, landscaping/screening, wetland, shoreland, and definitions sections of the Zoning Code. The project will also explore opportunities to incorporate sustainability/resiliency and racial equity/inclusion elements into the Zoning Code.
Why does the Zoning Code need to be updated?
What is the project schedule?
The first phase of the Zoning Code Update Project will occur between January and August 2021 and focus on the required updates to achieve alignment with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The second phase will extend from August to December 2021 and will evaluate the potential updates identified by the City Council and City staff. A graphic of the project schedule is available here.
How can I be involved?
There will be a variety of opportunities to provide input throughout the project. At any point of the process please feel free to send questions or comments directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.