Review meetings set for proposed accessory dwelling units process

Published on February 08, 2019

Accessory Dwelling Units Neighborhood Meeting Teaser

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids Planning Department will host two community meetings to share details of proposed changes to the process for approving Accessory Dwelling Units, also known as ADUs. The meetings will take place later this month.

The meeting details are:

  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Planning Department’s South Division Plan HQ, 2007-2009 Division Avenue S. The meeting will include lunch.
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the City’s Development Center, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW. The meeting will include food and refreshments.

Registration is recommended. To register or for more information about the meetings, email Courtney Magaluk at cmagaluk@grcity.us.

Meeting address and maps for the Feb. ADU meetings

As part of the City’s Housing NOW! effort, a zoning ordinance amendment regarding ADUs was proposed. ADUs currently require special-land use approval by the Grand Rapids Planning Commission, which can be a lengthy and expensive process. The City’s Housing Advisory Committee recommended changing this process to staff review vs. Planning Commission approval. However, during Housing NOW! discussions, many community members expressed concerns about such a wholesale change.

Planning Department staff since has worked on an alternative approach, which would allow ADUs to be approved administratively in certain cases but preserves the ability hold a public hearing to invite comments from the adjacent neighborhood. This approach will be the focus of this month’s community meetings.