I was wondering how many units I can build in R-M neighborhood in San Jose. The lot is only 4500. Currently ours is a single family home. Can I get a permit to build 3 units (each with 1000 sq st approx) and rent them. What is the FAR for this type of zoning? Any restrictions that I need to be aware ?
This is a question for the city planner, or if you don't have time to go to city hall, an architecture who is familiar with San jose.
The R-M Zoning Ordinance does not specify an FAR for multi-family, but says "a single-family house in any residential district with a floor area ratio equal to or less than forty-five hundredths or height equal to or less than thirty feet and/or equal to or less than two stories." The minimum lot size for R-M is 6,000 sf so you will need to request a variance. Due to the smaller size, it becomes difficult to say what size/number units you could develop but here are the setback requirements:
|Side, interior||5 ft|
|Side, corner||7.5 ft|
|Rear, interior||25 ft|
|Rear, corner||15 ft|
|Minimum driveway length (feet) measured from lot line||0 ft|
|Maximum height||45 ft|