ADU Three-Year Rule Removal

In 2017, the City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy, which includes Action B-2, calling for an update to the city’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) standards. This Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) will remove the ADU three-year wait period imposed on new construction in response to Action B-2.

What is Happening Now?

The Planning Commission held its public hearing on the Land Use Code Amendment on January 13. The recommendation to approve this LUCA without modification was voted on and passed by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission recommendation to approve this LUCA without modification will be presented to the City Council on February 1. The City Council is then anticipated to take final action on February 22.

Background

Attached ADUs have been allowed in the city since 1993. ADUs provide diversity in housing size, type, geographic location and cultural options to help ensure that all residents are welcomed, and that long-term residents can remain in the city. The city does not allow detached ADUs.

Very few changes have been made to the ADU standards in LUC 20.20.120 since its original enactment. Affordable Housing Strategy Action B-2, one of 21 actions identified under five strategy areas, encourages updating the ADU standards to add housing capacity in the city. 

The LUCA

The proposed LUCA will amend Land Use Code (LUC) chapter 20.20.120 Accessory Dwelling Units to allow for an ADU to be built within a new single-family structure at the time of initial building construction. The LUC currently restricts the establishment of an attached ADU until three (3)-years after the final building permit inspection of new construction. The proposed LUCA will remove this three-year restriction and allow ADUs to be built concurrently within new single-family construction. No other changes to the ADU standards are proposed at this time.

Goals

The proposed LUCA to allow for the construction and permitting of ADUs concurrent with new single-family construction will make ADUs more feasible to build and encourage the construction of flexible and affordable housing choices in residential neighborhoods.

Upcoming Opportunities to Engage

Please send comments to the contact listed on this page. The Planning Commission held its public hearing on the Land Use Code Amendment on January 13. The recommendation to approve this LUCA without modification was voted on and passed by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission’s recommendation will be presented to the City Council for a study session on February 2, before the Council takes final action on February 22.

Key Items

Anticipated Date

Planning Commission Study Session

December 9, 2020

Planning Commission Public Hearing

January 13, 2020

City Council Study Session February 1, 2021
EBCC Courtesy Public Hearing February 2, 2021
City Council Action (tentative) February 22, 2021
EBCC Public Hearing and Approval/Disapproval March 2, 2021