Backyard Cottages
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 08:36:42 -0700 (PDT)
Backyard Cottages (or Mother-in law Cottages as AARP calls them) are a great 
idea which have the additional advantage of promoting "in-fill" affordable 
housing.  Unfortuately, local zoning has been a consistant barrier to their 
wider use.  Although regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is 
usally the inclusion of a kitchen which violates single family, land use 
requirements.  Even without a kitchen, some jurisdictions require that the 
"accessory structure" be connected to the primary residence by a connected 
roofline.  This is often satisfied by an attractive, covered breezeway between 
the primary residence and the accessory structure.  Hopefully, the City of 
Seattle's "Guide to Building a Backyard Cottage" will help lead the way in 
freeing up this concept for wider application.
    Van Deist,  Venice,FL 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sharon Villines<mailto:sharon [at]> 
  To: Cohousing-L<mailto:cohousing-l [at]> 
  Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 11:16 AM
  Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Senior Cohousing / rental / http

  On May 10, 2009, at 8:01 AM, VAN DEIST wrote:

  > The Cottage Company 
  > >) has developed several "innovative land use stategies" for local  
  > governments in that area.

  At the site there is also the idea of the Backyard Cottage where one  
  of the small cottages is built on the land of an existing home as a  
  rental  unit.<>

  Sharon Villines
  Takoma Village Cohousing,Washington DC<>

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