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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Updates to City Municipal Code regarding Accessory Dwelling Units

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During the 2021 legislative session the Utah State Legislature passed H.B. 82 requiring cities to allow Internal Accessory Dwelling Units (I-ADUs) to be created within most owner-occupied single-family homes (basement apartments, mother-in-law apartments, etc). These provisions in State Law are set to take effect on October 1, 2021. In response, Draper City is working on updates to the municipal code to allow for I-ADUs within the City and to provide appropriate regulations that comply with the pending State Law.  As part of this process the City will also be looking to update other related municipal codes including those regulating Accessory Dwelling Units that are detached (D-ADUs), and second kitchens within single-family dwellings. The goal of the proposed changes will be to make positive changes within the City to address issues like housing availability and affordability while minimizing the potential of negative impacts to neighborhoods that might be created with potential increases to traffic volumes and automobile parking needs, or a lack of visual conformity with existing development. 

The Planning Commission voted for a positive recommendation to the City Council on August 26, 2021. The City Council will be reviewing potential changes to the municipal code concerning I-ADUs at the below meetings and encourages any interested resident to come to the September 7, 2021 meeting and voice their thoughts on the potential changes.   

September 7, 2021- City Council- Public Hearing

September 21, 2021- City Council- Council Discussion

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