PC reviews accessory units and employee housing code provisions

by Beecher Threatt

The Ouray County Planning Commission began its review of the county land use code’s restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and employee housing by identifying loopholes that should be closed and contradictory statements in the code.
While the Board of County Commissioners gave the planning commission the task of reviewing the code’s treatment of “Employee Housing,” commission members on Tuesday evening agreed a review should include ADUs as well.
Not clear to planning commissioners was whether they were to address the shortage of affordable housing in making their recommendations for changes to the code in the specific areas of employee housing and ADUs.
Planning Commission Chair Sheelagh Williams will contact Board Chair Don Batchelder for clarification.
Code restrictions on ADUs include: limited to 800 square feet; must be within 100 feet of the parcel’s main structure; parcel minimum size of three acres; and, if rented must be for more than 90 days. The code exempts agriculture and mining operations from most of its provisions.
Employee housing is not subject to...

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