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An accessory dwelling unit owned by ml Robles of Studio Points Architecture + research in Boulder.
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Boulder City Council members unanimously approved a consent agenda on Tuesday that included updated regulations of accessory dwelling units.

The approved first reading of the changes to accessory dwelling units sided with a recommendation made by city staff and against that of the Boulder Planning Board. City staff suggested prohibiting cooperative housing units and accessory dwelling units from being located on the same lot. The Planning Board asked the Council to adopt regulations that would allow the two types of residences on the same lot.

The changes aim to update and clean up existing regulations and will allow for modification of roof-pitch ratio standards, ease architectural design requirements for existing structures being converted to accessory dwelling units and apply them to new construction only, and clarify occupancy standards. The most notable change is that the ordinance would add language to forbid co-op housing and accessory dwelling units on the same lot.

During the public comment period, Boulder resident Emily Wingeier said she would like to see the Planning Board’s recommendation put in place, rather than that of the city staff. She argued that allowing the two residential types to coexist on the same plot would allow for more affordable housing by filling the spaces that already exist, and would conserve resources.

“Rather than impacting the earth negatively by building more, we can use what we already have,” Wingeier said.

The ordinance will be up for a final reading Dec. 17 Council meeting, during which the public will be able to testify about the impact of the updates.

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