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File #: 22-4870    Version: 1 Name: OA#22-007: Public Hearing to consider proposed amendments to Chapter 155, “Zoning” to revise the definition of an accessory dwelling in Section 155.012; to repeal Section 155.082(E)(7) in its entirety; and to revise regulations related to accessory dwelli
Type: Zoning Case Status: Failed
File created: 8/30/2022 In control: Planning and Zoning Commission
On agenda: 9/6/2022 Final action: 9/6/2022
Title: OA#22-007: Public Hearing to consider proposed amendments to Chapter 155, “Zoning” to revise the definition of an accessory dwelling in Section 155.012; to repeal Section 155.082(E)(7) in its entirety; and to revise regulations related to accessory dwellings in Section 155.099(B)(35).
Attachments: 1. Draft Ordinance.pdf
Title
OA#22-007: Public Hearing to consider proposed amendments to Chapter 155, “Zoning” to revise the definition of an accessory dwelling in Section 155.012; to repeal Section 155.082(E)(7) in its entirety; and to revise regulations related to accessory dwellings in Section 155.099(B)(35).

Description/History
The City Council’s Housing Market Growth Strategy Sub-Committee has been reviewing and developing strategies to expand housing choices in Mansfield, including encouraging the construction of accessory dwelling units on single-family lots. In accordance with the Sub-Committee’s direction and guidance related to accessory dwelling units, Staff proposes to amend Sections 155.012 (Definitions), 155.082(E)(7) (Special Exception) and Section 155.099(B)(35) (Special Conditions) to enable and to encourage their construction and use. The proposed amendments will redefine accessory dwelling units, allow them as a matter of right and establish new building height, area, design, and setback requirements.

Current Regulations
Under the current provisions of Chapter 155, Zoning, the following regulations apply to accessory dwellings:

1. Section 155.012 (Definitions) defines an accessory dwelling as:

“DWELLING, ACCESSORY. A dwelling unit accessory to and located on the same lot with the main residential building and used as living quarters by domestic servants or caretakers employed on the premises, temporary guests, or family members of the owner of the premises.”

2. Section 155.082(E)(7) (Special Exception) allows attached or detached accessory dwellings by special exception as may be considered and approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Accessory dwellings may only be used by family members, domestic servants or temporary guests pursuant to the definition in Section 155.012. Accessory dwellings cannot be rented or used as a separate residence, and only one accessory dwelling is allowed per lot. The current regulations also establish area, height, and setback...

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