City Council Not So Hot On Idea Of Accessory Dwelling Units

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

City Council members were not so hot on the idea of allowing accessory dwelling units in the city.

They nixed the idea of allowing them citywide, but said they might be willing for an experiment in a limited area.

A public meeting is planned to get citizen input on Feb. 11. 

ADUs have been touted as a good way for a homeowner to build a smaller dwelling for a family member such as a parent.

However, council members said it was felt they might more often be used for rentals.

Councilman Russell Gilbert said, "It would be like living next to a duplex."

Emily Wood of the Regional Planning Agency said ADUs could not be sheds, tiny houses on wheels or mobile homes.

She said they would have to be smaller than an existing house on the property.

Councilman Jerry Mitchell said, "I think they're kind of cool. But the said "of the people who put me in this seat, they are very, very hesitant to have them."

Councilman Darrin Ledford said residents worry that a Victorian home will wind up with a mid-Modern smaller house next to it. He said, "That's not going to fly."

John Bridger, RPA executive director, said, "We will go back and develop some standards and have a smaller pilot. We'll then come back for a year-end review to tell you how it's working."  

 


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