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Accessory Dwelling Units

What are Accessory Dwelling Units?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are smaller, secondary independent housekeeping establishments located on the same lot as a principal dwelling. ADUs are independently habitable and provide the basic requirements of shelter, heating, cooking, and sanitation. 

The Division of Planning has put forth a proposal that would allow these small dwelling units of up to 800 square feet on all urban, single-family residential lots in Lexington. The details of the proposal, as well as links to past presentations and meeting materials, can be found using the resources below.

Resources

 

During our September Mornings with Planning webinar on the topic of history, one of our panelists, who works in the field of Historic Preservation, offered his perspective on ADUs as a tool for incremental density and the preservation of existing established neighborhoods.

 

Notable Dates

  • July 19, 2018 - Planning Commission Work Session
  • March 21, 2019 - Planning Commission Work Session
  • April 10, 2019 - Public Input Meeting @ Lexington Senior Center
  • April 23, 2019 - Public Input Meeting @ Lexington Senior Center
  • May 7, 2019 - Public Input Meeting @ Lexington Senior Center
  • May 30, 2019 - Planning Commission Work Session
  • June 20, 2019 - Planning Commission Work Session
  • July 18, 2019 - Planning Commission Work Session
  • Aug. 20, 2019 - Public Input Meeting @ Lexington Senior Center
  • Aug. 29, 2019 - Planning Commission Work Session
  • Sept. 26, 2019 - Planning Commission Public Hearing (video)
  • Oct. 21, 2019 - Continuation of Planning Commission Public Hearing w/ Recommended Approval (video)
  • Nov. 19, 2019 - Urban County Council Work Session (video)
    • Referred to the Planning and Public Safety Committee
  • Aug. 11, 2021 - Planning Staff Presentation to Planning and Public Safety Committee (video)
  • Sept. 14, 2021 -Special Meeting of the Planning and Public Safety Committee to provide public hearing on Accessory Dwelling Units (video)

ADU Manual