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Zoning Garage to studio apartment and backyard ADU

Travo

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Hi all, how difficult would it be in your city for a resident in a SFR home to convert both their garage to a studio apartment, and add an ADU to their backyard? I'm sure it varies by region. But feel free to give me a rough % probability or a "haha yeah right". Thanks!
 

Faust_Motel

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Hi all, how difficult would it be in your city for a resident in a SFR home to convert both their garage to a studio apartment, and add an ADU to their backyard? I'm sure it varies by region. But feel free to give me a rough % probability or a "haha yeah right". Thanks!
One ADU is easy as long as you have the septic capacity to support the additional "first bedroom."

The second apartment would make it a subdivision. World. Of. Hurt. 18 months. No guarantees as we have a growth management system.
 

luckless pedestrian

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Our ADU provision is one per lot so if it's a single family zone, you get one ADU (subordinate in size, etc.)

Like Faust Motel, what you are describing is a subdivision under my state's statute, and, a 3 family which in the the single family zone, wouldn't be allowed
 

mendelman

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We permit 'in-law suites' as conditionally permitted uses (requiring public hearing at PC) and require attached to principal building with owner and relative occupancy.

So, basically, we don't really permit ADUs.
 

Gedunker

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Not a chance on septic, which is becoming more rare around here.

One ADU is permitted in most residential districts, a third would take a use variance. Hard to say that it would be authorized.
 

DVD

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We only allow "guest houses" in larger lot zoning. It has to be a separate house. Contracts have figured out how to play us. They build an accessory workshop or office that has everything but a stove. I'm sure the stove gets added later. As long as we don't see a secondary kitchen, read stove, we are okay with it. For something like a garage unit there would have to be a door between the garage unit and the house so it stays part of the house.
 

NHPlanner

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1 ADU on a lot with a single family, easy.

Both the garage as an apartment and an ADU (totalling 3 units), nope, not happening.
 
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