Arapahoe County holding town hall Thursday, seeking input on allowing ADUs

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AURORA | Arapahoe County will hold its first virtual town hall of the year with its newly sworn in county commissioners Thursday evening.

The county is also asking community members to respond to a survey seeking input on a proposal to allow accessory dwelling units in the county.

Commissioners Jessica Campbell-Swanson and Leslie Summey, both Democrats, were sworn in as county commissioners on Jan. 9 after being elected in November. Campbell-Swanson represents District 2, replacing Nancy Sharpe and Sumney represents District 4, replacing Nancy Jackson.

The telephone town hall will give residents the opportunity to meet the new commissioners and hear about what Arapahoe County expects to be working on in 2023, according to its website.

Viewers can tune in online at www.arapahoegov.com/townhall or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/arapahoecounty. The town hall can also be joined by phone by dialing 855-436-3656.

Through Feb. 1, the public is also invited to weigh in on a proposed code amendment that would allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in parts of the county.

“During the past several years, the County has received an increasing number of requests from urban and rural homeowners to allow small, independent living spaces for a family member, an aging parent, or caregiver; or, simply, for earning extra income from a tenant to help offset a mortgage payment,” according to a fact sheet on the county’s website. “Communities in Colorado and across the country are looking to ADUs as one way to help address both the affordability and availability of housing.”

Residents can submit feedback through an online survey or by emailing Gretchen Ricehill at [email protected]

Public hearings about the proposed regulation changes will be held by the county planning commission and board of commissioners beginning in March.

 

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