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Opposes ADU Code Change

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my concerns and to alert others to the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit code change. Most disturbing, is the “Use by Right” status allowed by the proposed code. The change supersedes current zoning requirements and allows building of an Accessory Dwelling Unit of up to 1,000 square feet without community input or planning commission review.  There is currently a process available through the planning commission to add an ADU in appropriate residential locations, so it seems unnecessary for this broad, sweeping code change. Should this ADU code change be passed, it will most certainly lead to increased density and the accompanying noise, traffic and parking problems.

In addition, there is the possibility of ADU’s being used to generate income as rental property. Many people are concerned that an increased number of ADU’s used as rental units, will significantly change the character and structure of neighborhoods.

Please contact the Planning Commission to learn more about this proposal or plan to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, February 17th at 1:30.

Elaine Downing
Estes Park, Colorado

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