City Planning Workshops for Accessory Dwelling Units

City Planning  Workshop on Accessory Dwelling Units

In July of 2007, the Arvada City Council amended the City’s land development code to permit Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), commonly known as “granny flats” or “mother-in-law suites.”  ADUs can help provide more housing options by increasing the supply of affordable housing, providing extra income to senior and young homeowners, and supporting special family needs. 

ADUs are defined as self-contained housing units, with their own kitchen and bathroom, and are secondary to the main single-family residence. ADUs can be located within an existing home, such as in a basement or an attic space, built as a home addition, constructed as a detached cottage in the rear of the property, or can result from a garage conversion.  An ADU cannot have separate ownership from the principal home on the lot, and the owner must reside on the property in either the main residence or the ADU.  ADUs are allowed anywhere in the City where single-family detached homes are allowed, unless prohibited by covenants. 

The City is planning an introductory public workshop followed by a hands-on workshop to provide more information to homeowners about ADUs.  Present at the hands-on workshop, in addition to City staff, will be architects who will provide free design ideas and information as well as financing professionals.

Introductory Workshop:  October 28, 7:00 p.m.  Arvada City Hall (Anne Campbell Room)

Hands-On Workshop:  November 20, 7:00 p.m.  King of Glory Lutheran Church

For more information or to RSVP for the workshops, please contact Kevin Nichols, Senior Planner, at 720-898-7464 or e-mail