Public invited to give feedback on Accessory Dwelling Units proposal

The Lexington Division of Planning is inviting the public to offer input on a new proposal that would allow for Accessory Dwelling Units in most urban residential zones.

An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, is a secondary housing unit built on a single-family residential lot. Also known as “in-law suites” or “granny flats,” ADUs are typically significantly smaller than the primary residence.

ADU’s provide housing alternatives 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. 

Currently, ADU’s are not permitted in most residential neighborhoods and this new proposal would amend that regulation. The public is invited to offer feedback on the proposal in-person or online.

The Division of Planning will be hosting a free, public input session Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane. Registration is requested but not required.  For those unable to attend, they may view and submit feedback on the proposal online. The deadline to submit online feedback is Aug. 23 at 5 p.m.

These feedback opportunities provide the public with a chance to offer input before the proposed zone change hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

For additional information about the Division of Planning’s proposal and ADUs in Lexington, see the following resources:

  • ADU info sheet – outlines the specifics of the proposal
  • ADU presentation – presentation from Planning staff to the Planning Commission with additional detail, explanation, and context for ADU’s
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units –  a guide made possible by the generous support from AARP in partnership with the City of Lexington and the University of Kentucky College of Design