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ADU Update

ADU Update

Accessory Dwelling Unit Update

Important Dates

The city is recommending incremental changes to regulations that would remove some of the barriers to creating accessory units (also known as in-law apartments). On Feb. 27, City Council held a study session to review a recently completed survey of ADU owners in Boulder, the results of community engagement activities over the past several months, and recommended regulation changes.

Based on council feedback, staff refined the list of options for proposed regulation changes and is seeking community input prior to a formal hearing with Planning Board and City Council in the spring.

Upcoming Dates

April 24, 2018 – Housing Advisory Board Public Hearing

The newly created Housing Advisory Board will hold a formal public meeting on the ADU Update and make a recommendation to City Council for consideration in June. The staff memo and agenda will be available by Friday at 5 p.m. View here: https://bouldercolorado.gov/boards-commissions/housing-advisory-board

Location: Alfalfa's Market - Community Room
1651 Broadway (SW Corner of Broadway and Arapahoe Ave.), Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m.

May 3, 2018 – Planning Board Public Hearing

Planning Board will hold a formal public meeting on the ADU Update and make a recommendation to City Council for consideration in June. The staff memo and agenda will be available by Friday at 5 p.m. View here:

https://bouldercolorado.gov/boards-commissions/planning-board-meeting-7

Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.  

June 5, 2018 – City Council Public Hearing

City Council will hold a formal public hearing on the ADU Update. Potential adoption of an ordinance by Council could occur in late June and the changes take effect 30 days later. View the full agenda and staff memo when available here: 

https://bouldercolorado.gov/city-council

Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.  

 

 

Open Houses

The city launched an update to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations with two open houses, one in north Boulder and one in south Boulder, to solicit community input prior to crafting a proposal.

South Boulder - Nov. 27, 2017

Location: St Paul's United Methodist Church
4215 Grinnell Ave, Boulder, CO 80305
Date: Monday, Nov. 27 - COMPLETED - View Comments From Event pdf
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
(drop in any time, an optional presentation will start promptly at 6pm) 

North Boulder - Dec. 11, 2017

Location: Shinning Mountain Waldorf School
1179 Union Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 
Date: Monday, Dec. 11 -  COMPLETED  - View Comments From Event pdf
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
(drop in any time, an optional presentation will start promptly at 6pm) 

Central Boulder - Mar. 15, 2018

Location: St Paul's Boulder Public Library - Canyon Theater
1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Thursday, Mar. 15 - COMPLETED - View Comments From Event pdf
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

 

Feedback from the Public 

How does the ADU Update process relate to the nine-step decision-making process adopted by council on Nov. 21 as part of the Engagement Strategic Framework? View memo here pdf.

Open Houses

What we've heard during the open houses:

Share Your ADU Experience Online Form

What we've heard online through the "Share Your ADU Experience" online form:

Be Heard Boulder Recommendation Survey

 

City staff is working on one additional document: an explanation of how community comments, by theme, will be used to inform next steps. This will be posted as soon as completed.

Learn more about the project online at www.bouldercolorado.gov/housing/adu. Materials available at the open houses will also be available online.  


REVISED Why Statement 

Accessory units have been discussed as one tool to address Boulder’s housing challenges over the past decade or more to help provide “a diversity of housing types and price ranges,” which is a core value of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. The current regulations regarding accessory units are intentionally restrictive and have resulted in a relatively small number of legal accessory units (230 as of January 2018) being constructed since the first ordinance was adopted in 1983.

REVISED Purpose Statement   

The city, with the community, will craft a proposal for incremental changes to the relevant regulations addressing accessory units (i.e., Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Owner’s Accessory Units (OAUs)) to simplify the regulations and remove apparent barriers to the construction of this housing type in ways that are compatible with neighborhoods.

The ADU Update project is intended to achieve the following:

  • Provide additional flexibility to homeowners to stay in their homes by allowing for options that may either create supplemental revenue sources or allow for aging in place on the property.
  • Increase workforce and long-term rental housing opportunities while balancing potential impacts to existing neighborhoods.
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