A city for which my company is a consultant, wishes to allow accessory apartments on the 2nd floor of the commercial buildings in their downtown. They are not currently allowed as several "slum lords" put apartments in a few years back and the result was horrible. They have asked us to develop some ideas for regulating these apartments to prevent repeating past mistakes. Here are a few ideas we've come up with:
- Minimum square footage.
- Off street, dedicated parking
- Compliance with downtown design guidelines (windows, architectural features, etc.)
- A minimum square footage of outdoor space (balcony, small yard, etc.)
- Covered stairs to the second floor.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.