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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 garage flats, or 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 requested community input prior to the formal public hearings with the Housing Advisory Board, Planning Board and City Council. Below are the important dates of the adoption process.

April 24, 2018 – Housing Advisory Board Public Hearing

The newly created Housing Advisory Board held a formal public meeting on the ADU Update and made a recommendation to City Council for consideration in June. View the staff recommendation here:

https://bouldercolorado.gov/boards-commissions/housing-advisory-board pdf

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 p.m.

May 3, 2018 – Planning Board Public Hearing

Planning Board held a formal public meeting on the ADU Update and made a recommendation to City Council for consideration in June. View the staff recommendation here:

Staff Recommendation to City Council pdf

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

June 5, 2018 – City Council Public Hearing

City Council held a formal public hearing on the ADU Update. City Council closed the public comment portion of the hearing and continued the discussion to July 17. View the agenda and staff memo here, including the recommendations from Planning Board and the Housing Advisory Board: 

ADU Update Memo June 5, 2018

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

August 29, 2018 City Council Public Hearing continued (special meeting)

City Council passed to 3rd reading an alternative ordinance with changes unanimously. The 3rd reading is currently scheduled for October 2 (see the October 2 meeting below for more details).

Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.  

October 2, 2018, City Council Third Reading

City Council will continue the adoption process for the ADU Update. There will not be an opportunity for public comment because the public comment portion of the hearing was closed on June 5. On August 29, council passed an alternate ordinance to third reading. On October 2, City Council will consider an amended ordinance based on direction from the council motion that passed unanimously. Below is a link to the staff memo and the amended ordinance. Please note that the effective date of a new ordinance will be April 1, 2019 to allow city staff time to create the internal processes to accept the different type of ADU applications. Also, the ordinance may change between now and adoption (currently scheduled for October 16) and that the city will not be able to accept applications for ADUs under the new regulations until April 1, 2019.

ADU Update Memo and Amended Ordinance 8256 - October 2, 2018 pdf  

Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd Floor 1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.

October 16, 2018, City Council Fourth Reading

City Council will continue the adoption process for the ADU Update. There will not be an opportunity for public comment because the public comment portion of the hearing was closed on June 5. On October 16, City Council will consider an amended ordinance based on the council adopted motion from October 2 (see below).

ADU Update Memo and Amended Ordinance 8256 - October 16, 2018 pdf

Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd Floor 1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.

November 8, 2018 – City Council Fifth Reading

City Council will continue the adoption process for the ADU Update. There will not be an opportunity for public comment because the public comment portion of the hearing was closed on June 5. November 8 will be the fifth and final reading assuming no additional changes are requested. This is the potential adoption date. However, the implementation date of a new ordinance will be February 1, 2019 to allow city staff time to create the internal processes to accept the different type of ADU applications.

ADU Update Memo and Amended Ordinance 8256 - November 8, 2018 pdf

Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.  

 

December 4, 2018 – City Council Sixth Reading

City Council will continue the adoption process for the ADU Update. There will not be an opportunity for public comment because the public comment portion of the hearing was closed on June 5. December 4 will be the sixth and final reading assuming no additional changes are requested. This is the potential adoption date. However, the implementation date of a new ordinance will be February 1, 2019 to allow city staff time to create the internal processes to accept the different type of ADU applications.

Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Time: 6 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 – 7 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 – 7 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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