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A. Minimum Zone Requirements: Each planned student housing development zone application shall contain a minimum of one (1) acre within the student pedestrian emphasis area.

B. Height Regulations: No residential dwelling shall be erected to a height less than ten feet (10') and no structure shall be greater than fifty-five feet (55'). The city council, after recommendation from the planning commission, may approve increased building height up to seventy feet (70') upon making a finding, as part of a zone change approval, that the increase in height will fit harmoniously into the neighborhood, minimizing any negative impacts, after considering the following:

1. Proposed setbacks provide an appropriate buffer to neighboring properties;

2. Increased landscaping enhances the project and reduces any negative impacts;

3. Site layout and design enhance the project and reduce any negative impacts;

4. The massing and building scale is appropriate for the location;

5. The proposed height increase is appropriate for the area; and

6. The increase in height is consistent with any applicable master plan.

C. Area – Coverage – Density – Yard – Common Area and Landscaping Requirements: The minimum lot area, maximum density, maximum lot coverage, yard and common open space/landscaping requirements are as follows:

Lot Area Minimum/ Maximum Density

Maximum Lot Coverage

Minimum Landscaped Area

Minimum Yard Setbacks

Front and Street Side



1 acre/40 dwelling units/ acre



25' from public street

Adjacent to single-family zone: 20' setback, if greater than 20' in height. Otherwise: on a common parcel: 10'

Adjacent to single- family zone: 20' setback, if greater than 20' in height. Otherwise: on a common parcel: 10'

D. Landscape Area and Amenity Requirements: At a minimum, all developments shall provide usable amenity areas in a central location:

1. Student housing projects shall provide usable amenity and recreation areas outside the front setback, with a total minimum area of one hundred (100) square feet for each unit. Fifty percent (50%) of the required area may be in the form of interior recreation facilities;

2. The average width and length of each usable recreation area shall not be less than twenty feet (20');

3. All of the required area shall be usable common space accessible to the entire community; and

4. The number of amenities required depends on the size of the development, and shall be approved by the land use authority in accordance with the following:



0 – 50


51 – 100


101 – 200


201 – 300


For projects in excess of 300 units, add 1 amenity for each 100 additional units or fraction thereof.

5. The type of amenities required depends on the nature, size, and density of the development. If multiple amenities are required, the type shall vary. All amenities shall be approved by the land use authority in accordance with the following:

a. All required amenities shall be fully constructed in the first phase of the project, in accordance with an approved PD phasing plan, or in accordance with an executed development agreement with terms acceptable to the city. In every case, all required amenities shall be fully constructed before fifty percent (50%) of the total project units are constructed;

b. In addition to the amenity and recreation requirement, a minimum of thirty percent (30%) of the lot area shall be maintained in open green space or landscaped area, and at least fifty percent (50%) of the front setback area shall be maintained as landscaped area;

c. Table of Amenities:

Recreation and Enrichment Amenities

Pool – At least 400 square feet

Internal health or fitness facilities

Secured, programmed, children’s play areas

In-ground hot tub

Community garden

Perimeter trail

Sport court

Indoor, keyed, bicycle storage for units

Community library, office, or meeting facilities

Exterior social area – At least 400 square feet

E. Standards: The standards set forth in chapter 7 of this title shall also apply unless otherwise provided in this section.

F. Design Standards: Building façades shall have architectural variations such as:

1. Contrasting building materials and textures;

2. Variations in rooflines, colors, reveals and belt courses;

3. Recessed windows and doors, strongly expressed window mullions, and awnings;

4. Varying building setbacks from property lines and alcoves, outdoor sitting areas, and small public plazas;

5. Corner towers, cupolas, corner clock towers, corner spires, balconies and colonnades;

6. Buildings located on street corners shall have the front façade wrap around the corner to the full depth of the building.

G. Number of Students – Enforcement: A minimum of seventy-five percent (75%) of the occupants must be enrolled in Dixie State University as qualifying students. The property owner shall enter into an agreement with the city in which the property owner acknowledges its responsibility to ensure and monitor compliance for qualified student occupancy. The property owner is responsible for entering into an agreement with the tenant that allows verification and compliance with this section, including waiving any FERPA restrictions for verification purposes. Monitoring requires the property owner to obtain verifiable information from Dixie State University, with evidence that seventy-five percent (75%) of the property occupants are qualifying students. The property owner must provide a semiannual (spring and fall) report to the city indicating the number and percentage of tenants who are qualifying students at the university. Reporting must be submitted to the city no later than thirty (30) days after the commencement of the associated reporting semester. In addition to those penalties provided in section 10-1-14, if the property owner fails to meet the minimum student occupant requirement for one (1) semiannual report, quarterly reports will be required. If the property owner fails to meet the minimum student occupant requirement at the next quarterly report, such failure will result in a fifty percent (50%) reduction in unit occupancy effective at the following quarterly report. Thereafter, if the property owner can show four (4) consecutive quarterly reports with evidence that seventy-five percent (75%) of property occupants are qualifying students, the fifty percent (50%) reduction in unit occupancy will be lifted, and semiannual reporting will be reinstated. It is the duty of the property owner to market and lease to, and maintain the required percentage of, qualified student occupants.

H. Commercial: Commercial uses may be considered during the PD-SH approval on the ground floor, and no minimum or maximum commercial use is required in accordance with section 10-8D-8; it must comply with all other mixed-use standards therein. (Ord. 2019-10-002, 10-10-2019; amd. Ord. 2020-06-002, 6-4-2020)