I read in the newspaper about a housing crisis in Utah. For instance, 33 percent of low-income renters cannot afford the market rent for a one-bedroom unit and 50 percent of all renters need at least a two-bedroom unit. So how have elected officials helped solve this crisis? By down-zoning the city and making what once was a legal conforming use now nonconforming.
Three years ago I bought a four-plex in the city that was built in 1976. It was well-maintained with two-bedroom units, and I have spent nearly $15,000 over the past three years in other maintenance. When I bought the property I went to great lengths to make sure the property met every zoning and building code. I paid an above-market price to get that status. Now the city comes along in one "shoot from the hip procedure" and changes the zoning on the property, making it nonconforming, which in the future means only two units can occupy this property, which now has four.This kind of public policy will not correct a housing crisis. I sincerely feel sorry for those people who will continue to find no affordable housing in the city.
Garth S. Limburg
Salt Lake City