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    Do folks have opinions/information on "casitas" in residential developments in your area? While touring sewer systems a couple of years ago, a developer wanted to show off his new residential development which included a large number of patio homes, about half of which had attached casitas - separate entrance offices or guest quarters. He said these units sold incredibly quickly with most being purchased by construction contractors to use as their home office. It made a lot of sense, as so many families seem to have at least one home-based business anymore and a separate entrance is important for both tax purposes and the occasional business guest. Are casitas common in new developments or growing in popularity?

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    Quote Originally posted by Follow the $$
    Do folks have opinions/information on "casitas" in residential developments in your area? While touring sewer systems a couple of years ago, a developer wanted to show off his new residential development which included a large number of patio homes, about half of which had attached casitas - separate entrance offices or guest quarters. He said these units sold incredibly quickly with most being purchased by construction contractors to use as their home office. It made a lot of sense, as so many families seem to have at least one home-based business anymore and a separate entrance is important for both tax purposes and the occasional business guest. Are casitas common in new developments or growing in popularity?
    I don't think our code would allow this

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    Our zoning code allows for a Home Occupation to occur within an existing dwelling-as long as it does not occupy more than 1/4 of the total living space, and, the dwelling is not modified to accomodate the home-based business otherwise, it falls into the category of 'commercial' and has to comply with a variety of commercial building and zoning codes.

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    Can anyone post photos of this phenomenom? Sounds interesting.

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    I don't have any photos, (are there any Scottsdale planners who can help out here?)but I came up with an ordinance for them. As I mentioned, the casitas we looked at were attached, essentially a "studio" set in the front and at one side of the house. I didn't see the inside, but think they were just a room with bathroom and separate entrance. They weren't distinguishable from the main part of the home. The attached ordinance does not list any business uses as allowable, but I bet a lot are being used this way. It seems like a special use permit for a home business would apply here in the same manner as for the rest of the residence. Would it in your jurisdiction?


    www.ivins.com/.../40__2003%20Ordinances/ 2003-10%20%20%20Standards%20for%20Guest%20Houses%20or%20Casitas.pdf

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    We eliminated special use permits for home occupations. Now they are permitted, with the usual standards. Makes life easier on us and them.

    I had not heard of the casita concept, but it makes sense. Historically there are many examples of offices within wings/ells of residential structures. As a guest room, it could easily become a rental room, which can be nice also.

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    So... are they connected internally? (i.e. does a hallway lead to it as well, or are they completely self contained thru that additional door?)

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