Navigating Unit Density Overlays and Future Land Use Maps for Optimal Investment Opportunities

The Impact of Unit Density Overlays on Allowed Unit Density

Unit Density overlays, such as Miami's Residential Density Increase Areas (RDIA), can significantly influence the permitted units on a parcel. In RDIA areas, the base zoning allows 150 units per acre maximum. However, the RDIA overlay can increase this limit to 1,000 units per acre.

Understanding the Role of Overlays in Land Use Regulations

Overlays add supplementary regulations or incentives to the base zoning, altering the underlying zoning requirements to achieve specific planning objectives. Zoning ordinances may or may not reference these overlays, but they are typically mentioned in most cases.

The Importance of Future Land Use Maps in Unit Density Planning

Future Land Use Maps can also influence unit density, representing a community's long-term vision. A FLUM may indicate a higher density potential for an investment property than what is permitted by the current zoning rules. This insight offers a compelling competitive advantage.

Olivia Ramos

Author Olivia Ramos
Founder and CEO of Deepblocks, holds master's degrees in Architecture from Columbia University and Real Estate Development from the University of Miami. Her achievements before Deepblocks include designing Big Data navigation software for the Department of Defense's DARPA Innovation House and graduating from Singularity University's Global Solutions and Accelerator programs.