Council sets hearing on accessory dwelling units

Published on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

Read More News

Blaine homeowners could have the ability to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property depending on the outcome of a series of public meetings next month.

In their regular meeting Monday, Blaine City Council set a public hearing for Monday, January 10, to discuss a proposed amendment that would allow residents to build and rent cottages, bungalows or accessory apartments on their lot.

Community development director Michael Jones said the proposal comes after the Salishan Neighborhood Association requested a building code amendment with the city.

Jones added that many cities and states are now allowing such developments because it diversifies the housing stock and provides  affordable housing in areas where the median price is prohibitive for average wage earners.

The new rules could also help provide a supplemental income to keep those on a fixed income from losing their homes in a bad economy, he said.