Zoning different for duplex vs triplex?

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Hello! We found an awesome duplex that we think has the potential to be turned into a triplex down the road. I've found that it is zoned RT1 per this: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspecti...

However, it doesn't seem to mention a triplex, especially if it's in a home in a residential neighborhood and not a small building. What zoning does that fall under?

You would need RM1 or higher. RT1 allows for up to 2-family properties.

@Dustin S. Do you happen to know anyone who has gone from the RT1 to RM1? If a neighborhood has plenty of duplexs but maybe not as many triplexs, does that mean the city likely wouldn't re-zone that home?

You could call zoning and ask or apply for a variance, but it is unlikely, from my understanding, to be able to convince them that the conversion complies with the following guidelines:

  •  The variance is in harmony with the general purposes and intent of the zoning code.
  • The variance is consistent with the comprehensive plan.
  • The applicant has established that there are practical difficulties in complying with the provision, that the property owner proposes to use the property in a reasonable manner not permitted by the provision. Economic considerations alone do not constitute practical difficulties.
  • The plight of the landowner is due to circumstances unique to the property not created by the landowner.
  • The variance will not permit any use that is not allowed in the zoning district where the affected land is located.
  • The variance will not alter the essential character of the surrounding area. In granting a variance, the board or commission shall make written findings stating the grounds upon which the variance is justified. Inadequate access to direct sunlight for solar energy systems constitutes a practical difficulty in the third bullet point above.
  • www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/zoni...
  • @Dustin S. That link looks to bring me to a 404, which page were you trying to link?

    @Dustin S. Awesome! Thanks :) I'm hoping that due to how the current owner finished the basement we may have a chance, but worse case if we can't, we just have to figure out what to do with a weird not bedroom (it needs an egress window) that they made downstairs where everyone can go currently..

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