DLCD publishes guidance on new Accessory Dwelling Unit requirements

SALEM –While Oregon’s population continues to expand, the supply of housing, already impacted by a lack of building during the recession, has not kept up. To address the lack of housing supply, House Speaker Tina Kotek introduced legislation to remove barriers to development. Among the provisions that passed into law is the requirement that cities and counties over a certain population allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in areas zoned for single-family dwellings.

This new requirement becomes effective on July 1, 2018. To assist local governments, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has published “Guidance on Implementing the Accessory Dwelling Units Requirement.” In a few pages, the document highlights a variety of guidance by topic – from ADU design standards to occupancy requirements. The final page includes model code language for accessory dwellings that is ready to be tailored to fit the needs of communities. Step-by-step instructions have been shared with planning departments and cities around the state to further assist them in implementing the new standard.

“As we all work to address the housing crisis in our state, and help give more Oregonians shelter and a home, our agency is proud to offer this assistance to cities and counties,” said Director Jim Rue. “DLCD also has regional planners in offices around the state who can work directly with local governments to help tailor the model code to meet the needs of individual communities.”

“Guidance on Implementing the Accessory Dwelling Unit Requirements” can be viewed on the DLCD website at http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/ADU_Guidance_DLCD_Final.pdf

For additional information related to DLCD Guidance on ADUs, contact Gordon Howard, Community Services Division Manager at [email protected] or (503) 934-0034.

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