BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilors wrangled again over a proposal to relax requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) - also known as "Granny flats" - Wednesday night.
The Planning Commission and Affordable Housing Committee presented recommendations at the hearing, where public testimony was mixed. Planning Commissioner Karen Johnson presented parking recommendations for ADUs. “We decided that we should keep the parking requirement as it is, and that is at least one off street parking space per ADU.” The Council is recommending one off street parking space per ADU, and one per primary residence, in tandem - or one vehicle behind the other.
The council also recommends a maximum ADU size of 800 square feet, and second story ADUs larger than 600 square feet should have extra property line setbacks.
Councilor Victor Chudowsky says easing restrictions on ADUs makes sense to encourage more affordable rental options. “Opportunities to have either rentals or have their in-laws live next to them, I think these are all healthy things and we should accommodate people.”
City Councilors will accept written public testimony until their next meeting on February third.