Accessory (“carriage”) housing units
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (“ADU”), also known as a “carriage house” or a “granny flat,” is an additional unit of housing - with its own cooking, sleeping, and bathroom facilities - located on the same lot as a single- or two-family home.
An ADU can be housed within a separate structure (typical for a carriage house), or within the primary structure on the lot (as in a duplex).
Allowing the construction of ADUs on owner-occupied lots and with appropriate siting and architectural controls, can accomplish several goals:
For these reasons, ADUs are strongly supported by organizations working to increase housing options like the Family Housing Fund and AARP.
Most cities generally place two main restrictions for governing the development of ADUs:
ADUs are not currently allowed in Golden Valley, however City staff have begun to research the topic and how ADUs have been regulated in surrounding communities. The City expects to bring this topic up for discussion by the Planning Commission in the near future, any comments provided on this page will be included in future discussion and consideration of Accessory Dwelling Units in the City Code.
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