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Accessory Dwelling Units could become more widely available in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The "In The City for Good - Affordable Housing Action Group" held a round-table discussion Monday with contractors, City Councilman Shaun Palmer, and other community leaders to talk about a new type of affordable housing option. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are living spaces in an added on or renovated part of a pre-existing house that homeowners can rent out.

"It kind of is [new], we've had a few of these in Rochester but we just did a new zoning ordinance of RX2 which will allow that to happen more often and a little bit easier," said Palmer.

While these types of housing can be attractive, they can come with hurdles that might not make them so cost effective. Some big issues these types of units could run into is the initial costs, other zoning and underwritten laws, and getting the unit up to sewer code which could require digging to the middle of the street.

These units are just one potential solution of what could be to come in Rochester as no decisions on the matter were made tonight. All units talked about were presumed to be up to code with ADA standards.

This group hopes to continue these talks frequently about more affordable housing options for Rochester.

Zach Fuller

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