accessory dwelling unit


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accessory dwelling unit

A separate housing arrangement within a single-family home which is a complete living unit, including a private kitchen and bath.
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Accessory dwelling units would be allowed only with a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
STURBRIDGE - A selectman who was against passage of a zoning bylaw to allow accessory dwelling units is in violation of the current bylaw that prohibits such units.
years before an accessory dwelling unit could be built" and reduce
Fannie Mae does not use the term accessory dwelling unit in its single-family Selling Guide, but will purchase loans on properties with illegal "accessory units," a scenario for which it provides detailed guidance.
ACDDC Team, of East Austin, Texas, for a proposal on Accessory Dwelling Units on single family lots.
Our report - "The Role of Accessory Dwelling Units in Achieving the City of Eugene's Vision for Compact Growth" - can be viewed online at
Filling in the spaces is the name of the game as homeowners and builders opt to create more living space through the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), laneway homes (bordering the back lane behind the main house), and build on infill lots.
Removing regulatory barriers that hinder development of cluster subdivisions and accessory dwelling units.
Following the Board of Selectmen's recommendation, residents took no action on the zoning amendment for accessory dwelling units and the subsequent articles that followed.
According to the rough draft of the town meeting warrant, the proposed bylaw would permit accessory dwelling units only upon issuance of a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The planning commission will recommend next month that the City Council exempt the downtown-area neighborhood from new guidelines promoting accessory dwelling units, also known as "granny flats," planner Kay Bork said.
They could be housed in part through infill--building homes on lots that aren't yet developed, redeveloping portions of existing neighborhoods or allowing more accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in established neighborhoods.