Town board looks to approve accessory dwelling units on residential property
April 23, 2014
The Windsor Town Board approved the first reading of an ordinance April 14 that would permit accessory dwelling units in residential areas within the town.
Town Board members directed staff to notify homeowners associations about the possible change before the board's second reading of the ordinance, in case the associations were interested in amending their own regulations for the units. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for April 28.
Town Director of Planning Scott Ballstadt said the ordinance will allow for the units to be occupied because they will be subject to the same code requirements as primary residences. He said the units would be efficient for infill development because they would use existing water, sewer and street infrastructure.
He said the aging baby boomer population would likely increase the need for more housing options in the future.
Board members struggled with the approval process for the units, discussing whether they must go through a public approval process similar to a conditional use grant application, or whether they should be administratively approved if they meet all the requirements in the code.
The ordinance addresses issues such as minimum and maximum size, maximum number of occupants, parking requirements and design requirements.
Board member Kristie Melendez said she felt there was enough criteria in the ordinance to give some parameters to how the units should be constructed and used.
"If we say people can do this, let's let them do this," Melendez said.
Board member Robert Bishop-Cotner said there was a need for the units in Windsor and said he could see using one on his own property in the future as he and his kids get older.
The board directed staff to notify homeowner associations that would be impacted by the ordinance and bring it back for second reading at the board's next meeting April 28.
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