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Acceptance of

Units

built on single- and two-family lots throughout the city. The
only requirement was administrative review for compliance.
The initiative yielded quick interest, and in the first three
years, building permits were issued for 92 ADUs.
In 2013, St. Paul undertook a more incremental, neighborhood-based approach to pilot ADUs in particular neighborhoods near the Green Line light rail. After extensive public
input and review, a 2016 ordinance established the total
area permitted for ADUs in a 3.5-square-mile area on either
side of the light rail corridor. However, St. Paul's piecemeal
approach appeared likely to result in allowing ADUs in one
neighborhood but prohibit them just a few blocks away.
In 2017, only one ADU was permitted for construction.
Major points of discussion on ADUs in St. Paul included a
preference that primary properties be owner-occupied and
how the units would be inspected. Finally, in 2018, the Paul
City Council voted to allow ADUs on single-family lots
throughout the city.

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ADUs have the added appeal of generally
not needing new infrastructure or
public investment, and not contributing to a
concentrated increase in density.
As the need for this type of housing stock is in higher demand
around the country, localities and states have sought to find ways
to overcome barriers and make ADUs a more widely available
option. Fortunately, the growing popularity means there is now
a wide array of data, ordinances, and best practices on record.
For additional information on ADUs and other affordable
housing options, NAHB has recently published a new research
report, "Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and
Smaller Homes," which is available through the Land Use
101 Toolkit.
Deborah Myerson is the executive director at South Central Indiana
Housing Opportunities (SCIHO) in Bloomington, Ind. Read the full post
on Best in American Living.

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