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City planners invite community to discuss Accessory Dwelling Units

Posted at 7:21 AM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 09:51:04-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Community members can voice their opinions on the proposed changes to allow accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, in Single Family zones.

Two town halls are scheduled, with the first being Tuesday evening, to give the public a chance to discuss where ADUs are allowed to be built in Colorado Springs.

These types of units are "secondary living areas on a residential lot or within the main home," according to the city.

Sometimes ADUs are attached to the main home like a converted basement or attic. Other accessory dwelling units are built on top of a detached garage, or as a stand-alone cottage or separate house.

City Council discussing relaxation of Accessory Dwelling Units restrictions

ADUs have been in the city since 2003, but they are only in zone districts that allow "more than one dwelling unity on a property."

The goal of these town halls, according to the City Planning Department, is to loosen the strict requirements on ADUs right now.

To read more about the proposed ADUs changes, click here.

Tuesday night's town hall will start at 6 p.m. at City Hall.