Minneapolis Considering Accessory Dwelling Units, Holds Public Meeting

Updated: 08/27/2014 11:03 PM
Created: 08/27/2014 10:56 PM
By: Tim Sherno

The city of Minneapolis held a second community meeting to answer questions about a proposal that would allow accessory dwelling units in qualifying homes, or on properties that meet new requirements.

Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are also known as 'granny-flats,' 'mother-in-law apartments,' or carriage houses. Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender, from the 10th ward, has proposed changes that would allow the ADU's.

"There are three kinds accessory building units. The first is interior to the building so converting an attic or basement to an apartment. The second is attached so expanding your house to allow for a new living space. And the third is detached which would be like a garage or Carriage house," Bender said.

Bender says changes would not allow a rental property to add additional dwelling space. "We've heard concerns from people that someone would turn an owner-occupied home into a rental property, and so in response to that, staff is working on ways to make sure that these would need to be owner occupied."

Fiona Lockhart lives in the city, she says she's excited about the changes. "I own a house in Minneapolis and I'm interested in putting a basically a living space above my garage."

The city of Saint Paul is also considering making similar changes. Brad Engelmann says he bought his single family home next to single family homes and doesn't support any rezoning. "I think we would consider moving. If that happened."


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