The Council is considering changes to the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations. ADUs are small apartments that share a lot with a single-family home.
Currently, the only properties eligible for new, legal ADUs are those located ½-mile or less from a fixed transit stop for Front Runner, TRAX or the S-Line. The current rules have significantly restricted the number of eligible properties. In fact, only one ADU permit has been granted by the City since 2012.
The updated proposal (as of 10/17/2017) would make this ordinance citywide, but specialized boundaries instead of citywide are also still being considered. The Council has requested additional information on reviewing the overall effects of the proposal.
During their September 5 meeting, the Council requested some changes to the original proposal including:
The Council held a public hearing on October 3. Several people addressed the Council, expressing a variety of opinions both for and against the proposal. Some were concerned about parking and traffic, while others were supportive of increasing the City’s housing stock in established neighborhoods.