Hillsboro OR changes building codes for accessory dwelling units

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Hillsboro OR changes building codes for accessory dwelling units

Hillsboro building codes changes lift certain restrictions on such housing units in accordance with new state laws to make it easier to build Accessory Dwelling Houses(ADU’s).

They are called “mother-in-law apartments”, “casita’s”, “tiny houses”, “granny flats” or “background cottages”. They are detached structures usually behind existing homes or on a lot that are used as living spaces for ling-term rentals or short-term rentals for AirBnB.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Hillsboro City Council adopted the ADU code changes in accordance with House Bill 2001, which was passed by the Oregon State Legislature earlier this year. “It’s to come into compliance with those laws; it’s also to address some council priorities in terms of trying to allow, within the realm of public safety, a variety of housing choices,” said Hillsboro community development director Dan Dias.

Many homeowners’ associations don’t allow ADUs, Martin said. In places where they are allowed, though, he believes the city’s design standards could be further altered to make it easier for homeowners who want an ADU to add one.

The code changes regarding ADUs are the first of two phases that will allow Hillsboro to comply with HB 2001.

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