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Accessory Dwelling Units: A Status Report. Presented to the Kitsap County Regional Coordinating Council June 3, 2008. Common Uses of Accessory Dwellings and Structures. Garages, Carports, and Artist Studios Stables Apartments Separate “Out” Buildings. Background.

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accessory dwelling units a status report

Accessory Dwelling Units:A Status Report

Presented to the Kitsap County Regional Coordinating Council

June 3, 2008

common uses of accessory dwellings and structures
Common Uses of Accessory Dwellings and Structures
  • Garages, Carports, and Artist Studios
  • Stables
  • Apartments
  • Separate “Out” Buildings
background
Background
  • Emerging in the late 1940’s and into the 1950’s, accessory dwelling units presented a source of income to American households.
  • Not only did they provide extra income to homeowners, the development of these units could contribute to the solution of the affordable housing crisis.
  • GMA (43.63.A.215(3) RCW) and Washington Housing Policy Act the requires local governments to provide for ADUs.
community benefits of adus
Community Benefits of ADUs
  • Helps address the affordability issue related to housing.
  • Helps maximize the use of land.
  • Provides entry level housing for young persons and students.
  • Provides manageable housing for residents who wish to “downsize” without having to be displaced out of their neighborhood.
community concerns
Community Concerns
  • Parking
  • Traffic congestion
  • Exterior appearance
  • Impact on neighborhood character
  • Overcrowding
  • Attracts undesirables and crime
adu requirements throughout kitsap county jurisdictions
ADU Requirements Throughout Kitsap County Jurisdictions
  • ADUs are permitted in all jurisdictions in Kitsap County (see attachment for details).
  • All jurisdictions except the County allow for both attached and detached units (County only allows detached ADUs).
  • Sizes differ, but the size of ADUs are limited to a upper floor size based on the primary residences size.
adu requirements throughout kitsap county jurisdictions1
ADU Requirements Throughout Kitsap County Jurisdictions
  • ADUs can only be constructed on a lot with the owner occupying either the primary residential structure or the ADU (in some cases this occupation may be part-time).
  • ADUs typically need to reflect the character of the neighborhood they are located.
  • All zoning standards must be met.
  • A total of 22 ADU permits issued Countywide in 2007.
moving forward
Moving Forward …
  • As we move forward, what are the main policy issues that COULD be addressed to ensure ADUs remain a viable housing option, while ensuring our neighborhoods and communities are not negatively impacted?
potential policy questions
Potential Policy Questions
  • Approval process.
  • Owner occupied requirement
  • Attached versus unattached
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Size and character
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