Canton, a city always at the forefront of innovation, has recently approved a promising accessory dwelling unit (ADU) program, paving the way for a plethora of affordable housing options. The city council gave their unanimous approval to the program, designed by Branch Concepts, LLC, and also pre-approved by Canton officials.
The program offers four unique ADU designs, each with its distinct advantages and utilities:
- The Archer: A compact 304 sq. ft ADU featuring a bathroom, kitchen, and studio space.
- The Crisler: Spacious at 506 sq. ft, it includes a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and living room.
- The Elmwood: A 702 sq. ft ADU equipped with a bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, two guest rooms, and a gathering area.
- The Oakdale: A two-level ADU measuring 807 sq. ft. The first level offers a two-car garage and additional space, while the second level features a living room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and eating space.
ADUs are gaining popularity as they offer infill rental housing in existing neighborhoods. They also allow for the possibility of family members to live on the same property, providing a unique blend of privacy and proximity. ADUs can be developed by building a new separate residence or by converting or remodeling an existing accessory structure, such as garage apartments.
One accessory unit is permitted on any residential detached home property, provided it meets specific standards. If you’re interested in exploring this possibility, contact Canton Housing Initiatives Director Ken Patton at 770-704-1522 or email@example.com.
Once you’ve confirmed your property is properly zoned for a proposed ADU, the next step is to submit a building permit and a site plan. This includes details of the existing structure, proposed ADU location, water and sewer lines, building setback lines, and any easements. A building plan, pre-approved by the city or not, should also be submitted.
The city-approved ADU plans are cost-effective, with permit fees capped at $300. For developers considering other plans not included in the city’s ADU program, permit fees may reach up to $350, including the site plan review. However, no impact fee assessment is required with the program.
“We’re excited about the potential growth of ADUs in the city and the opportunities they present for affordable housing,” says Canton Councilman Shawn Tolan. The Canton city officials and community are committed to this project, believing it will immensely benefit renters and seniors on fixed incomes.
For your own free ADU property check, visit The ADU Guide’s website today. You’ll find an array of resources that can help you understand and navigate the world of ADUs and home additions.
Source: Original Article by Tribune Ledger News