Accessory Dwelling Unit
City Approves Accessory Dwelling Units with Implementation of Strict Design Criteria
Recently, the City implemented new Code language that allows for the conditional use approval of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on any residential lot in the City, if certain criteria are met. ADUs are an efficient way to increase housing options.
An ADU is a self-contained unit on the same lot as an existing residence. It includes provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation. Often, an ADU is built above a garage and has a separate entrance, independent from the principal dwelling.
Previously, ADUs were allowed only in the Town Center. Now ADUs are allowed as a Conditional Use in single family residential areas, subject to strict design compatibility standards. These standards were adopted by Ordinance 2010-08. These standards are intended to provide a process for allowing ADUs, while protecting neighborhood character.