Public hearings prompt the county to survey public opinion about where to allow ADUs

PHOTO COURTESY HOUSING SOLUTIONS NETWORK - Jefferson County wants to know how county residents feel about ADUs and what rules property owners think should apply.

Jefferson County has opened a survey to all community members on the topic of Accessory Dwelling Units. The survey comes after the county began exploring allowing ADUs after state law changed in 2021.

"Prior to commencing the discussion with the Planning Commission in the first public hearing, the only comments we had received from the general county areas were from people who wanted to be able to build an ADU on their properties," said Scott Edelman, Community Development Director for the county. "It wasn't until the first public hearing that we began to hear very valid concerns being raised, which are not entirely addressed by the state law."

ADUs are a second, complete living space on a property that already has a main dwelling. ADUs can be in many forms: from a portion of a home converted to a separate living unit; to a living space in an accessory structure like a shop or garage; or a stand-alone structure.

The county hopes the survey will allow the planning commission to better determine whether to allow ADUs, and if allowed how to regulate them.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and asks questions about community concerns and landowner desire to build ADUs. The survey can be found here..

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