Golden Valley Approves Allowing Rowhouses
Could rowhouses be a part of the landscape in Golden Valley in the years to come?
The city has been discussing that issue for some time.
After a public hearing and much discussion, the Golden Valley city council approved zoning changes to allow rowhouses to be built in the city. A rowhouse is considered a row of contiguous single-family attached dwelling units joined only by shared sidewalls. Each unit must also have individual front and rear entrances.
The rowhouses are meant to have a more urban feel and the code would allow for three to four-unit rowhouses in a development.
City staff hopes adding rowhouses as an option will fill a so-called “missing middle” in its housing stock, not in terns of price and affordability but in housing type. Staff also say there are few places in the city where rowhouses could go currently, but the change could come into play in future comprehensive planning.
The change took effect immediately after a city council vote this week. To listen to this full discussion, click here.