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Name not shown inside Durango June 22, 2022, 4:58 PM

In general, do these outcomes resonate with you as priorities for the City of Durango? Yes
What are your priorities? AFFORDABILITY & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY , EFFECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK , ENHANCED LIVABILITY & SENSE OF PLACE , ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCE , FINANCIAL EXCELLENCE & HIGH PERFORMING GOVERNMENT , ENGAGED & COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE , DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION
What is your zip code? 81301

Name not shown inside Durango June 22, 2022, 4:34 PM

In general, do these outcomes resonate with you as priorities for the City of Durango? Yes.
What are your priorities? AFFORDABILITY & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY , ENGAGED & COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE , DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION , ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCE , EFFECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK , FINANCIAL EXCELLENCE & HIGH PERFORMING GOVERNMENT , ENHANCED LIVABILITY & SENSE OF PLACE
What is your zip code? 81301

Name not shown inside Durango March 15, 2022, 10:15 AM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-4 & EN-5: Riverview and Crestview
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? Not sure
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? A small dwelling integrated within or attached to a single-family home
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Strongly disagree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. Construction costs, City impact fees
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Strongly agree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Strongly agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? ADUs are definitely needed in Durango (all of the Durango neighborhoods) due to population growth and lack of housing. This would be a positive way to provide more housing options for renters and accommodating growing, aging family members without the sprawl and negative impact on the town's blueprint. There really are no available lots in Durango anymore. Reconsidering allowing ADUs must be inclusive of all neighborhoods. Thank you.

Name not shown inside Durango March 13, 2022, 9:06 PM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-3: Animas City
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? Yes
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? Detached structure with a garage on the first level and living space above
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Somewhat agree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. Construction costs, City building/setback standards, City impact fees
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? No
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Strongly agree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Somewhat agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? We have one of the few new constructed ADUs on our property - it adds value to our home, provides some additional income, and provides housing for working class locals. Keeping some of the guidelines in place that were well thought out initially including lot size requirements, owner occupancy, no short term rentals, and parking solutions will help maintain the neighborhood character better. Enforcement will continue to be an issue.

The impact fees were very expensive, and coupled with high construction costs, these structures are not financially viable for most homeowners.

The design was very challenging with the current standards - raising the plate height, allowing for interior stairwells not to count against the square footage requirements, and allowing for adjacent indoor space that is not included in the unit would ease some of the design challenges we faced. The 550 sq ft. limit actually makes a very nice little space for a single renter; increasing it slightly, say to 750 or 800 sq ft. might help open it up for double occupancy and further increase affordability.

Name not shown inside Durango March 13, 2022, 1:28 PM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-4 & EN-5: Riverview and Crestview
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? No
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? A finished basement apartment
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? No
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Strongly disagree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. City parking requirements, City building/setback standards, Neighborhood opposition
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Strongly agree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Strongly agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? It is understandable that building new ADUs on a city lot with an existing house would cause some interference with the peace of the neighborhood, but the housing crunch is so horrible in Durango, the City needs to open up to all possibilities. I have never understand why a finished basement with a separate entrance is not allowed. Guidelines and requirements (by the City) could be put around these existing spaces, as well as...if needed or desired by the City....an annual or one-time fee. This would generate funds for the City, and I doubt most people with this kind of space would object to a reasonable fee. The number of people renting the space could be calibrated to the square footage, as well as the number of cars. Off street parking availability should be a requirement, as well. You really need to open this option up to all Durango home owners. Many of us are retired or low income and it's an excellent way to augment our income, as well as to increase the living spaces availability within the Durango city limits.

Jim Duke inside Durango March 12, 2022, 9:13 PM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-3: Animas City
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? Yes
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? A single-level detached cottage
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Somewhat disagree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. Construction costs, City impact fees
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Strongly agree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Strongly agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? Let’s make it easier to increase density in our neighborhoods.

Name not shown inside Durango March 12, 2022, 4:38 PM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-4 & EN-5: Riverview and Crestview
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? Not sure
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? A small dwelling integrated within or attached to a single-family home
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? Maybe
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Somewhat agree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. Construction costs, City building/setback standards, Neighborhood opposition
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Somewhat agree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Somewhat agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? The most important thing I think the city should do is allow people to rent out their houses for a few weeks a year, say up to six or eight, for a week at a time. This is not an ADU issue, but does help people get more income from their property, and may therefore allow some people to take this approach rather than creating an ADU. if you could rent your house out while you’re on vacation then it helps subsidize your vacations, providing thousands of dollars of income, while not destroying the character of neighborhoods by making them full-time rentals or having full- time ADU’s.

Name not shown inside Durango March 10, 2022, 9:20 PM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-1: Old Durango neighborhood
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? Yes
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? Detached structure with a garage on the first level and living space above
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? Maybe
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Strongly agree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. Construction costs, City building/setback standards, Neighborhood opposition
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? No
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Strongly disagree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Somewhat agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? Once constructed an ADU will forever change the character of a neighborhood and can't be taken back.

Name not shown inside Durango March 10, 2022, 9:17 PM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-1: Old Durango neighborhood
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? Not sure
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? Detached structure with a garage on the first level and living space above
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? Maybe
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Somewhat disagree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. City building/setback standards, Neighborhood opposition, Not sure
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? Not sure
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Somewhat agree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Strongly agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? I think the most important piece is that the ADU's contribute to affordable housing options for people who work in Durango.

Nicole Patrick inside Durango March 10, 2022, 8:53 PM

Where are you a resident? Durango
If you are a resident of Durango, where is your residence located? EN-3: Animas City
Are ADUs are permitted in your neighborhood? Not sure
When you picture a typical ADU, what do you envision? Detached structure with a garage on the first level and living space above
If you owned an eligible single-family property in Durango, would you want to build an ADU? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I am concerned additional ADUs could affect my neighborhood character. Strongly disagree
What do you believe to be the largest barriers for construction of new ADUs? Please choose up to three. Construction costs, City parking requirements, City building/setback standards
Currently, properties with existing ADUs cannot obtain any variances (setbacks, building coverage, height, etc.). Do you think the city should reconsider this? Yes
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The city should amend the Land Use and Development Code to promote the construction of additional ADUs. Strongly agree
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
The city should consider providing financial incentives such as grants or fee waivers for new ADUs if owners commit to offering the units at affordable rental price points.
Somewhat agree
Do you have any other feedback you would like to provide regarding ADUs? I realize it would be beyond challenging to enforce but my support of ADU’s is contingent on them being affordable long term rentals for locals. It’s wild and sad to see what is happening with housing in the community right now.