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.