To comply with recent state legislation, those who have a dwelling outside city limits but within what’s called an “urban growth boundary” (UGB) are automatically allowed to build a smaller dwelling unit for elderly parents, related family visitation or simply a rental to an unrelated family or individual.
The Lincoln County Commission this week voted to comply with the new state provision for “Accessory Dwelling Units,” or “ADU’s.” The mandate follows a long period of requests by home owners to build smaller dwelling units on their property that is not within any limits, but close to cities….within the city’s UGB. In Lincoln County the three affected cities are Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo.
Since an ADU is likely to be well outside city limits, wells and septic tanks are allowed to be installed. The big push for such a change in state land use law is wholly attributable to the scarcity of affordable housing. Many land use planners see the state mandate to allow ADU’s as a stop gap measure until such affordable housing, whether single family, two, three or fourplexes or high rises, can become more common in the months and years ahead.
For more information on this pioneering change to create immediate affordable housing, check with the Lincoln County Planning Department at 541-265-4192.