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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Council Approves New Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

On December 9, the Town Council adopted an ordinance to amend the Town's regulations of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

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).  In December, the Town Council approved stricter setback rules than the County for detached ADUs by requiring that they have the same side setbacks as the main house as well as rear setbacks of at least 15% of the lot depth or 20 feet, whichever is greater.  The ordinance also requires exterior lighting to be directed away from neighbors’ windows.  The Town did not impose stricter requirements than the County for attached ADUs or for parking for ADUs.

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