City Council Approved ADU Ordinance in December;
ADUs Help Diversity Community's Housing Options
RAPID CITY, SD--After last month's City Council approval of an ordinance allowing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Rapid City's residential districts, the City's Community Development Department has developed registration and application information for the public to register their units.
The registration information includes a form, procedure sheet and checklist and are accessible by visiting the city's website at rcgov.org . It can be found by clicking on the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) icon in the Community Bookmark section of the City's home page or by visiting the Community Development Department/Current Planning Division page.
The ADU ordinance was created in response to the City's goal of providing more housing options in Rapid City. The ordinance creates opportunities for development of new small housing units and allows existing ADUs to operate within the City's municipal code. All existing ADUs, in order to be considered legal, must be registered with the City. A $50 registration fee must accompany the registration materials.
"Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs help diversify the options for housing in our community," said Ken Young, City Community Development Director. "The new ordinance promotes more affordable housing solutions in the city and is an important tool in introducing small housing units into existing or new neighborhoods."
ADUs are defined as a dwelling with its own cooking, sleeping and sanitation facilities that can be within or attached to a single-family residential building or is located on the property of a larger primary structure and is on a permanent foundation. ADUs are often called granny flats, mother-in-law units or carriage houses.
For more information about the ADU registration and application process, contact the City's Department of Community Development at 394-4120.
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