'Where do the neighborhoods go?' Cedar City looking to create more livable, walkable downtown

Cedar City’s Historic Downtown on Main Street Wednesday. The city is working on creating more livable, walkable downtown.

Cedar City’s Historic Downtown on Main Street Wednesday. The city is working on creating more livable, walkable downtown. (Alysha Lundgren, St. George News)



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CEDAR CITY — Cedar City citizens could see increased opportunities to live and work in a more walkable, housing-friendly downtown in a few short years if the housing committee's recent, long-term proposals come to pass.

Earlier this year, Cedar City Mayor Garth Green assigned a housing committee the task of evaluating current city housing and parking regulations to find housing-related deficiencies and suggest solutions, said council member Tyler Melling.

After meeting for approximately 10 weeks, the housing committee presented the council with five recommendations to help address the city's housing needs. Melling told Cedar City News that the first four recommendations were changes that could be made in the next six months, adding that he hopes to work through them by the end of the year.

The recommendations so far include:

  • Allowing for external accessory dwelling units, like guest houses to be used as rentals
  • Enabling developers to map subdivisions based on building envelope and general plan density
  • Permitting mixed housing types in larger projects
  • Exploring owner-occupancy standards

Read the full article at St. George News.

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