Measure allowing Accessory Dwelling Units offered to address housing challenge

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ADUs are small, independent living spaces that share the same lot as a larger, primary home. They are seen as one of a myriad of solutions to address housing supply challenges across the state.

House Bill 24-1152, introduced by Speaker of the House Julie McCluskie (D) and Senator Rachel Zenzinger (D), aims to increase the supply and accessibility of ADUs in Colorado by:

  • Requiring certain municipalities to allow them as a use by right in single-family zones,
  • Prohibiting local restrictions on their construction or conversion, and
  • Creating incentives for supportive jurisdictions that implement strategies to encourage and facilitate ADUs.
  • Grants the Colorado Economic Development Commission the power to fund programs that offer loans, interest rate reductions, and down payment assistance for ADUs

The proposed law applies to municipalities with a population of at least 25,000 or a growth rate of at least 5% in the past five years.

Proponents of ADUs argue that passage of the bill would support local economies, generate tax revenue, reduce environmental impact, and promote social cohesion and community resilience.

ADUs have faced opposition and criticism from various stakeholders, such as local officials, neighborhood associations, and homeowners, arguing the policy would result in:

  • Loss of local control and autonomy over land use and zoning decisions, which may conflict with the existing plans, policies, and preferences of each community.
  • Potential negative impacts on the character, aesthetics, and quality of life of single-family neighborhoods, such as increased density, traffic, noise, parking issues, privacy issues, and property value changes.

Recent statewide polling suggests strong support of allowing ADUs across Colorado.  78% of respondents indicated their support or strong support for the idea.

The NCLA Board will consider their position on HB 24-1152 at the next board meeting.