New law allowing homeowners building ADU (Accessory Dwelling Units) came into effect earlier this month. The manual for prospective ADU unit builders is being prepared and it is expected to come out sometime in February according to Star-Advertiser issue September 22, 2015.
Creating more affordalbe housing and enabling homeowners to create one on their own properties were among the missions of the some law makers and the following is a list of requirements and guidelines as follows:
» An ADU can be a maximum of 400 square feet for lots of 3,500-4,999 square feet; on larger lots, they can go up to 800 square feet.
» ADUs have no residency restrictions barring non-relatives, as the ohana housing law did, and it requires one off-street parking space instead of the two for ohana units.
» ADUs must be in areas with adequate sewer and water capacity.
» Owners, or their relatives or authorized representatives, must live on the property; exemptions for hardship (illness, military deployment) are possible.
» Units can be prefabricated, modular units, if they meet other ADU provisions.
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