Detached Accessory Dwelling Units

The City adopted an amendment to the recently adopted ordinance (Ordinance 3534-17) on changes to the City’s Zoning Code regulations pertaining to Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADU’s).  DADU’s are a separate dwelling unit located on the same lot as a principal single family dwelling.  
  

Minor Amendment Adopted


On May 3, 2017, City Council adopted an amendment to allow more than 800 square feet or 75% of the floor area of the principal dwelling based on existing floor area of existing buildings for accessory dwelling units (Ordinance 3546-17).       
    

Background


The City's Planning Commission agreed to initiate consideration of a code amendment to allow DADU’s in single family zones.  Planning Commission workshops were held on September 6, October 4, and November 1 , 2016 to hear from the public, and discuss potential changes to the Zoning Code regulations.   City Council held a briefing on October 26, 2016 and a public hearing on May 3, 2017.  
 
At the public hearing on January 3, 2017, Planning Commission approved Resolution 17-01, recommending that the City Council approve amendments to the Zoning Code regulations for accessory dwelling units.   
 
On February 15, 2017, City Council approved a code amendment regarding regulations for Accessory Dwelling units which allows for detached accessory dwelling units in single family zones (Ordinance 3534-17).   
 
If you would like to find out more information regarding the code amendment, please contact us at 425-257-8731 or at planning@everettwa.gov.