Household Occupancy Standards

The City of Greeley is considering modifying the number of unrelated adults that may live in a single-family house. In most areas, the City currently allows a house to be occupied by either an individual, any number of related adults, or two unrelated adults plus their blood, adopted, guardian, and custodial relatives. This standard has been in place since 1980. Changing household occupancy standards does not impact the number of units allowed. For example, changing the standard would not allow duplexes or apartments in neighborhoods zoned for single-family dwellings. Adjusting household occupancy standards could allow more unrelated people to share a single-family house.

The Housing Task Force, Development Code Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council directed staff to explore increasing the number of unrelated people allowed in response to increasing housing costs, limited housing supply, and changing demographics. Particular interest revolved around the idea of basing the number of unrelated adults allowed on the number of bedrooms in the home. 

The Latest

May 18: Planning Commission Public Hearing

Click here to view Planning Commission’s meeting on May 18, which was a continuance of their May 11 public hearing. At this meeting, Planning Commission recommended approval of the revision under ‘Proposed Update’ below.

May 11: Planning Commission Public Hearing

Click here to view Planning Commission’s May 11 public hearing to consider recommending a code update regarding household occupancy standards to City Council. This meeting was continued on May 18.

March 30: Planning Commission Worksession

Click here to view Planning Commission’s March 30 worksession on household occupancy standards.

March 9: Planning Commission Worksession

Click here to view Planning Commission’s worksession on household occupancy standards.

March 1: Virtual Public Open House

City of Greeley staff hosted virtual information session and Q&A via Zoom on March 1 to provide information about household occupancy standards and potential changes. To view the recorded webinar, click here.

February 9: City Council Worksession

Click here to view City Council’s worksession on household occupancy standards.

January 12: Planning Commission Worksession

Click here to view Planning Commission’s worksession on household occupancy standards.

Proposed Update

The proposed update would change Greeley code to allow a number of unrelated adults to live in a house based on the property’s zone and the house’s number of bedrooms as a part of this proposed new language:

Family shall mean a group living together as a single household comprised of any number of persons who are interrelated by blood, marriage, civil union, adoption, or other legal custodial relationship, plus a number of unrelated adults per the chart below. The number of household occupants must also be compliant with the International Property Maintenance Code.

Zoning DistrictsNumber of Bedrooms in Dwelling UnitNumber of Allowed Unrelated Adults*
R-E, R-L, R-MHAny number1
R-MEfficiency or 1 bedroom1
2 bedrooms2
3 bedrooms3
4 or more bedrooms4
 All other zoning districtsAny number Any number 

*Plus any number of persons related to the allowed unrelated adult(s) by blood, adoption, guardianship, or other legal custodial relationship

The existing rules allow a house to be occupied by either an individual, any number of related adults, or two unrelated adults plus their blood, adopted, guardian, and custodial relatives in the R-E (Residential Estate), R-L (Residential Low Density), R-MH (Residential Mobile Home Community), and R-M (Residential Medium Density) zoning districts. All other zones allow any number of unrelated adults to share housing, and that is not proposed to change.

City officials use residential zoning districts as a tool to plan development to make efficient use of public infrastructure, ensure that residents have adequate services, and establish and maintain neighborhood character. To find out a Greeley property’s zoning, contact the Planning Division at planning@greeleygov.com.

The proposed update came up as one of many action items to help address the community’s housing needs outlined in the Strategic Housing Plan. Greeley City Council adopted that plan in 2019 as a response to increasing housing costs, limited housing supply, and emerging demographic trends. Greeley’s Strategic Housing Plan is a sub-element of the Imagine Greeley Comprehensive Plan and identifies key challenges in Greeley’s housing market while outlining strategies to address housing affordability and supply.

Adjusting household occupancy standards could give households that include unrelated residents access to more Greeley neighborhoods with additional varieties of style, different price points, and added locations.

Public Input

Public comment is encouraged at upcoming public hearings with Planning Commission and City Council. Look for upcoming hearings under ‘The Latest’ above.

Two public questionnaires and a virtual open house hosted in March collected community feedback from residents. Common concerns with relaxing the standards included: parking and traffic, property maintenance, overcrowding, noise, trash, crime, and reduced property values. Respondents in support of relaxed standards frequently cited increased flexibility, privacy, addressing unaffordability, changing demographics, providing housing stability, and economic development considerations.

Questionnaire results are provided below:

Final Questionnaire Data 1

Final Questionnaire Data 2

 

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