Let’s reimagine home; public invited to learn about Accessory Dwelling Units

The Lexington Senior Services Commission is inviting the public to learn about a new type of senior housing known as Accessory Dwelling Units. 

ADU’s provide an alternative for those who wish to age in place, by staying in their current homes and neighborhoods. ADU’s are also helpful for those seeking affordable housing, smaller or more accessible housing options, and/or assistance from family members or caregivers. 

The Commission will be hosting three public input and education sessions within the next several weeks about ADU’s.

Each session is free, open to all ages and will be held at the Lexington Senior Center (195 Life Lane).  The session dates are:

  •  Wednesday, April 10 from 9 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 7 from 2 – 4 p.m.
     

About ADU's
An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, is a secondary housing unit built on a single-family residential lot.  ADU's are typically significantly smaller than the primary residence.

Permitting/public input
Also known as “home expansion units” or “mother-in-law suites”, ADU’s are not currently permitted in most residential areas in Lexington.  These educational sessions are opportunities for the public to provide input on ADUs that will be used to inform future zoning regulations targeted toward permitting ADU’s. 

For more information about ADUs in Lexington, see the Homeowner’s Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units.  This guide was made possible by the generous support from AARP in partnership with the City of Lexington and the University of Kentucky College of Design.

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Example of an ADU