Should the City allow ADUs in additional neighborhoods?
The City is evaluating the possibility of allowing ADUs in additional Durango neighborhoods. This survey is intended to collect information about the opinions of residents in the EN-4, EN-5, and EN-6 zones to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in their neighborhoods. This survey gives residents the opportunity to provide input on whether or not ADUs should be allowed in these areas and how to handle existing second units that have already been constructed within these neighborhoods.
Generally speaking, the EN-4 neighborhood is Crestview, EN-5 is Riverview and EN-6 is Hillcrest. A map showing the different neighborhoods is included below. Click on the image to enlarge.
The City also plans to hold a series of public meetings to discuss options with residents in these areas before any decisions are made. The feedback you provide will help the City plan appropriately.
What is an ADU?
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a small home that is located on the same lot as a principal (“standard”) home, and may be attached or detached. The following must apply:
- It must be clearly subordinate to principal unit
- It should appear as a single-family residence
- There is unified ownership of the property
- It is a “single-family” use – which means the occupancy of the lot is limited to one “family” with no more than 5 unrelated people living on the property
Currently the City allows 2 types of ADUs: Attached (integrated into the main house), or Detached (a standalone cottage or part of a detached garage) as shown in the following diagrams.
Currently, all new ADUs in Old Durango, North Durango, and Animas City (EN-1, EN-2, and EN-3) must meet the following standards:
- Maximum 550 sf. in size
- Minimum 600 sf. of useable outdoor area
- Additional parking may be required
- Must meet design standards
- Either the primary residence or the accessory dwelling unit must be owner occupied
- No more than 5 unrelated people on the property
- No variances for new units
If allowed in EN-4, EN-5, and EN-6, the City wants to know what standards the public would like ADUs to meet in those neighborhoods.