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Community input is sought before drafting a new code

Community input is sought before drafting a new code
MOSCOW, ID – The city of Moscow will hold an open house on Wednesday to initiate a conversation about Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU’s.

ADU’s are small-scale residential units that are an addition to a single-family home and Moscow’s current city code does not allow them. But that could change, Moscow Community Development Director Bill Belknap said ADU’s are gaining popularity across the nation, particularly among families caring for an elderly relative.

"We're now moving into the stage of really trying to engage the community, and understand how they feel about the topic,” said Belknap. “What are some of the things we should be considering if we're going to be looking at developing an ordinance that would allow ADU's within Moscow."

Belknap said the results of a recent community survey showed support allowing ADU’s in Moscow, but they want to hear about any concerns the public has before they start drafting a new code. While ADU’s can create affordable housing, they can also create concerns about property values, density and changes in neighborhood appearance.

The open house is Wednesday evening at City Hall from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The City will share information about ADU’s and solicit public input.
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