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Accessory dwelling units; development and use.

Provides that all localities shall allow for the development and use of one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) per single-family dwelling (SFD), notwithstanding any contrary provision of a zoning ordinance. The bill defines "accessory dwelling unit" or "ADU" as an independent dwelling unit on a single-family lot with its own living, bathroom, and kitchen space that may be within or attached to SFDs or in detached structures on lots containing SFDs. ADUs may include basements, attics, flats, guest houses, cottages, and converted structures such as garages and sheds. The bill requires localities to regulate the size and design of ADUs through an approval process, as well as regulate fees, parking, and other requirements, provided that the regulations (i) are not so arbitrary, excessive, or burdensome, individually or cumulatively, as to unreasonably restrict the ability of property owners to utilize or create ADUs and (ii) do not require the property owner to occupy the ADU or SFD as his primary residence.

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12/18/2019 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104473D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20104473D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 151
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled December 18, 2019
    A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 15.2-2292.2, relating to the development and use of accessory dwelling units.
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    Patrons-- Samirah, Ayala, Bagby, Carter, Cole, J.G., Guy, Guzman, Hope, Jenkins, McQuinn, Morefield, Mugler, Plum, Rasoul, Scott, Simonds, Tyler and Willett
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    Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 15.2-2292.2 as follows:

    15.2-2292.2. Development and use of accessory dwelling units.

    A. For purposes of this section, "accessory dwelling unit" or "ADU" means an independent dwelling unit on a single-family dwelling (SFD) lot with its own living, bathroom, and kitchen space. ADUs may be within or attached to SFDs or in detached structures on lots containing SFDs. ADUs may include, but are not limited to, basements, attics, flats, guest houses, cottages, and converted structures such as garages and sheds.

    B. All localities shall allow for the development and use of one accessory dwelling unit per single-family dwelling, notwithstanding any contrary provision of a zoning ordinance. Localities shall regulate the size and design of ADUs through an approval process, as well as regulate fees, parking, and other requirements, provided that the regulations are not so arbitrary, excessive, or burdensome, individually or cumulatively, as to unreasonably restrict the ability of property owners to utilize or create ADUs. The regulations shall not require the property owner to occupy the SFD or the ADU as his primary residence.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Ibraheem S. Samirah D-Richmond Sponsor
    Rodney T. Willett D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Roslyn C. Tyler D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Shelly A. Simonds D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Don L. Scott D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Sam Rasoul D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Martha M. Mugler D-Richmond Cosponsor
    James W. (Will) Morefield R-Richmond Cosponsor
    Delores L. McQuinn D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Clinton L. Jenkins D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Patrick A. Hope D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Elizabeth R. Guzman D-Richmond Cosponsor
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    Date Branch Action
    01/17/2020 House House: Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
    12/18/2019 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104473D
    12/18/2019 House House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
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