Status Update: On 11/23/15, the Council enacted changes to the existing regulations for Accessory Apartments (Ordinance) and adopted a resolution for a three-year monitoring and reporting program (See page 210 for Resolution).
Goal: Changes designed to allow for a range of housing options and more affordable housing options
Who can I contact about this topic?
Planning Manager for Sustainability
What was changed in the regulations?
- Similar exemptions to single family homes (double the minimum lot size, density or parking design and landscaping requirements do not apply to single family dwellings with accessory apartments)
- Requirements for 1 parking space per bedroom for the accessory apartment dwelling unit
- A base limit of 750 square feet of floor area or 75% of the principal dwelling unit, whichever is less
- An allowance of up to 1000 square feet of floor area for an attached apartment only if the structural footprint of the home does not change and the apartment is no more that 75% of the principal dwelling unit’s floor area
- For occupancy purposes, there may be no more than 4 unrelated persons between the principal dwelling unit and accessory apartment
What are some of the possible community benefits from having more accessory apartments?
- Increased housing supply and more affordable housing options
- Lower carbon footprint than most single-family detached homes (smaller size)
- More options for elderly and/or disabled persons who need to live near family caregivers
- More options for young adults entering the workforce
- Utilization of existing infrastructure
What kind of feedback was provided about this topic?
- Emails about this topic from 6/15-9/23/15
- Comments from OpenComment for Accessory Apartments from 6/15-8/15/2015
- Comments from OpenComment for All Topic Areas from 6/15-8/15/2015
- Question and Answer at the LUMO Draft Revision Meeting 06/15/15
How does this connect to Chapel Hill 2020?
Is there other background information about this topic?
- At the May 11th Town Council Business Meeting, the Council received a petition to consider revisiting the Town's regulations regarding accessory apartments as part of the LUMO Update project.
Past Town Meetings and Events
LUMO Stakeholder Meeting to Gather Public Input
5:30 PM at the Library
LUMO Stakeholder Meeting to Review Public Drafts
1:00-2:30 PM at the Library (midday session)
5:00-6:30 PM at the Library (evening session)
(Materials: handout, poster, overview, presentation)
Council Public Hearing for
Project Information Requests
Click here for more information about the entire LUMO Update Project, including a full list of topic areas.