Let neighborhoods opt-in to backyard cottages and accessory dwelling units
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Backyard cottages and accessory dwelling units are appropriate and desired in some neighborhoods but not others, particularly because Raleigh cannot require the owner to live on site. We ask the Comprehensive Planning Committee to recommend and the City Council to adopt these dwelling units on an opt-in basis with high design standards, including having the setbacks and the total number of unrelated people the same as for the primary dwelling.
Many neighborhoods have restrictive covenants that will forbid these units, even if they are allowed by the proposed Unified Development Ordinance. But many older neighborhoods do not have such covenants. Making these units possible on an opt-in basis as part of an entitlement option under the City’s Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD) will allow the neighborhoods to define other requirements appropriate to their neighborhood's context. It will allow our citizens to have a say in, and control over, the future of their individual neighborhoods. This compromise will be good for the future of our city.
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