Whenever someone wishes to construct an owner-occupied Duplex, Tri-Plex, or Four-Plex in our city, they must go through a cumbersome platting process in order to separately convey each unit.
Our process currently dictates that one must plat a "buildable lot (singular)" which varies in size depending upon the type of attached housing. This one lot then contains the duplex/triplex/fourplex structure which can only be further subdivided (to convey and sell individual units) once the footing and foundation are in. This is so that we can know that attached residential units (of any sort) are for sure being constructed, but also, so that people do not plat a lot smaller than our minimum lot size only to put detached housing on it. (Because density seems to be a dirty word in Northern Colorado)
My last duplex project has run into a snag with our current platting methodology. I had the developer plat out 32 lots of 6,000 sf or greater for 64 duplex units. Upon building the foundation for each structure he was to submit a minor subdivision application to subdivide the units into two. (This was to occur for all lots) Like I said, this is a CUMBERSOME process
The Snag: Said developer is looking to construct his duplexes after they are sold. He cannot sell an individual unit unless it is split.
The Other Snag: The Building division will not grant them a building permit for what they wish to do. Building code calls for firewalls between the units. They have planned for that. BUT in order to pay the correct fees and obtain at least an F&F permit, each unit needs its own individual lot. In other words, Building needs each unit on its own lot in order to grant a permit. Planning, bound by its antiquated and suburban-leaning subdivision code, cannot split the structure until something (at least a foundation) is built. You see the dilemma?
My question is, do any of you have a solution that you employ from your Codes? We are looking to remedy this, both to save public/private sector time and money, but also to make soe neat developments a little easier to implement and more attractive for developers.
Anything to help streamline? Anything to help me suggest to the Powers here?