ADUs Study Bill Advances with County-Proposed Amendments

Legislation that would bring together stakeholders to study current ADU policy and best practices has passed the Senate and will now go to the House Environment and Transportation Committee.

If enacted SB 382 – Accessory Dwelling Unit Policy Task Force would facilitate the study of current efforts at the state and local level to promote the creation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on land previously designated for single-family residential use. MACo’s amendments, which the committee adopted, clarify the scope of the task force’s mandate and avoid a predetermined outcome.

From the MACo Testimony:

SB 382 brings together a significant cross section of housing stakeholders and charges them with developing a comprehensive menu of ADU best practices. Counties recognize ADUs as a legitimate tool in combating the housing crisis, but resist one-size-fits-all mandates that do not take into account highly localized considerations. This bill serves to strike a balance between overly burdensome mandates and the need for serious action. MACo praises the sponsor for graciously working with counties and other stakeholders to develop amendments and move forward toward workable solutions.

For more on MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2023 legislative session, visit MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.