1Description

A second residential unit within and subordinate to an existing single family home. Designed to be complete; usually has separate access. Usually managed through a special permit process. Approval can be based on a wide variety of criteria: eligibility of applicants or occupants, size, location or design of unit, duration of permit or saturation within a given area, or parking, water/ sewage, or additional health and safety provisions. Conditions designed to lessen impacts (traffic, parking, aesthetics) generally upheld.

2Purpose

To provide a source of revenue for homeowners while providing additional housing opportunities for members of the community, especially those with limited incomes.

3Issues

Political challenge to create support for neighborhood intensification.

Capacity Requirements:

  • Technical studies required to support the plan.
  • On-going oversight may be required to insure enforcement.

4Advantages

Can create a diversity of housing stock to meet a wide variety of community needs over time and contribute to making complete neighborhoods.