Back bill to allow more accessory dwelling units in neighborhoods

We are all well aware of the unaffordable housing costs for many in our region, particularly in urban areas. I urge you to think beyond the not-in-my-backyard attitudes held by many and falsely based on preservation of inequitable wealth and fear of the “other” moving into our neighborhoods.

For the elderly no longer able to physically or financially support their single family homes in a community they have contributed to for decades, and wish to remain a part of, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) could provide either an opportunity to supplement their income or create a shared dwelling opportunity with their families preserving their family home, community identity and self-esteem. ADUs could also provide opportunities for the very needed employees of our service, hospitality and tourism businesses to live in, and participate in, the community in which they work. Thus, creating a more diverse and equitable community in which we could all benefit, especially our children.

House Bill 1337 is currently being considered by the state Legislature and would require local governments in urban areas to plan for the incorporation of ADUs in residential zoning. ADUs include “mother-in-law apartments” and detached structures providing healthful living accommodations. Join me in urging your lawmakers to give thoughtful consideration to this proposal.

Keith Skore


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