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Feb 06th

City of Minneapolis to host open houses to gather public input on Accessory Dwelling Units (Mother-in-Law Apartments)

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city of min logoOn June 13, Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender, Ward 10, gave notice of intent to introduce Zoning Code Text Amendment: Accessory Dwelling Units changes that would allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in residential areas. Also known as granny flats or mother-in-law apartments, ADUs are smaller dwellings that are attached to or on the same property as existing homes.

ADUs are currently allowed with a conditional use permit in the North Phillips Overlay District, which covers the Ventura Village neighborhood and parts of Phillips West and East Phillips, but they are not allowed in the rest of Minneapolis. Many cities across the country allow ADUs, including Seattle, Portland, and Austin.

To explore the idea of allowing ADUs in Minneapolis, staff from the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED) will host open houses in August and September.

The beginning of each open house will feature a presentation that provides information about why the City is exploring this idea, a summary of peer city research and other information gathered to date. Following the presentation, a few basic designs will be presented and attendees will be invited to participate in small group discussions to provide feedback and ask questions.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
10:30-12:30 p.m.
Hosmer Community Library
347 E 36th Street

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
5:00PM – 7:00 p.m.
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 2nd St NE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
North Regional Library
1315 Lowry Ave N

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Kenwood Community Center
2101 W Franklin Ave

For more information on ADUs please visit the City of Minneapolis website.

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