File #: 2022-5243    Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/9/2022 In control: Community and Economic Development Committee
On agenda: 2/8/2023 Final action:
Title: Presentation: Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADUs)
Attachments: 1. Presentation, 2. October 27, 2022 Staff Memo, 3. January 31, 2022 Staff Memo, 4. ABCs of ADUs AARP Report
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Presentation: Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADUs)

To ignite “a vibrant community ensuring the finest quality of life for all generations” for the next 20 years, the 2020 Ignite Comprehensive Plan identified seven (7) Future Plan Elements. The purpose of the “Strong Neighborhoods & Housing Choice” element is in part to help identify ways to maintain thriving, quality neighborhoods. Strong neighborhoods with diverse housing choices attract new residents and provide affordable housing options for residents of all walks of life like families, young professionals, hourly workers, empty nesters, and people from all generations, cultures and backgrounds.

One approach to help achieve these goals identified for the “future plan element” is to allow for ADUs throughout the community. An ADU is a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a stand-alone (i.e., detached) single-family home and can come in many shapes and styles. ADUs can take various forms and go by many different names throughout the U.S., including accessory apartments, secondary suites, mother-in-law quarters and granny flats.

In January 2022, Jennifer Thompson, Senior Planner, presented information to the CEDC regarding ADUs. The purpose of this memo is to continue that conversation and facilitate additional discussions about ADUs and their role in the City of Lee’s Summit. ADUs may have both favorable and unfavorable impacts on the surrounding neighborhood and community as a whole. For dissuasion purposes, staff has identified a few of the potential positive and negative impacts ADUs may have.

Positive Effects of ADUs
1. Extra income source for home owner
2. Increases home value
3. Provides More Usable Space.
o Workshop/studio space/ home office
o guest suite for visiting family and friends
o extra play space for kids and/or pets
o permanent living space for a parent or new family member
4. Create Community
5. Addresses goals established by ...

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