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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Public Hearing on Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

On December 9, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on proposed regulations of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The Council discussed and introduced an ordinance to implement these regulations at its November 11 meeting. 

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a second dwelling unit located on a lot with a single-family house.  The County adopted new rules for ADUs that went into effect on December 31, 2019.  Under the County’s new rules, one ADU may be located on every lot, either within the house (attached) or in the rear yard (detached).  The Town is proposing stricter setback rules than the County for detached ADUs by requiring that they have the same side setbacks as the main house and rear setbacks of at least 15% of the lot depth.  No changes are proposed for attached ADUs or for parking for ADUs. The ordinance also would require exterior lighting to be directed away from neighbors’ windows.

If you are unable to attend the December Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. on Zoom, you may submit comments on the proposed ordinance to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

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