‘Granny Flat’ and ‘Tiny Home’ ADU Suggestions Finalized

Alexandria officers have released the ultimate suggestions on accessory dwelling units, letting numerous citizens to develop small properties, previously mentioned-garage flats or backyard-degree flats for rent on their attributes.

Critics have identified as it the conclude of single-family zoning in the metropolis, but proponents of ADUs have argued they will offer new and a great deal-essential inexpensive housing.

The Town defines them this way: Accent dwelling models (ADUs), usually referred to as “in-legislation apartments” or “granny flats”, are secondary, independent residing models that ordinarily have a separate kitchen, sleeping place and lavatory. ADUs can assume distinct kinds together with basement residences, transformed garages or new constructions detached from a key residence.

Earlier this thirty day period, city staff introduced the finalized suggestions for regulations of ADUs, location out parking rules, established-backs and other principles for homeowners. These tips will be considered by Organizing Fee on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Metropolis Council on Saturday, Jan. 23. Residents are welcome to supply last-minute suggestions at either of those people conferences by signing up on this web page.

In accordance to the rules, only one particular ADU is permitted on any whole lot that has a solitary, two-relatives or townhome. Measurement constraints will use based on the dimensions of the good deal.

Critics are most involved about parking prerequisites, as parking is already very tight in sections of Alexandria. In accordance to the new polices, off-road parking shall not be expected for ADU, but home owners can not take out any needed parking areas to accommodate ADU design. (It is not distinct if a homeowner’s pre-current driveway is “required.”)

Only 3 persons are authorized to live in each individual ADU, and the residence proprietor need to are living in the possibly the ADU or in the most important household. In addition, the ADU and main household simply cannot be rented out concurrently, however ADU Airbnbs and other shorter-term rentals will be allowed.

More data on ADUs is accessible right here.

Alexandria Dwelling Magazine Team

Dec. 15, 2020

7:41 a.m.