Englewood Vote Means Garden Cottages + Granny Flats Will Now Be Allowed in More Than Half of Englewood’s Residential Zoning Areas

  • Megan Douglas
  • 01/13/19

With the cost of housing still on an inexorable rise in the metro area, Englewood architect Randal Friesen sees accessory dwelling units as a key to solving the area’s affordable housing puzzle.

The only problem is that new ADUs — think “granny flats” or “garden cottages” that are often used to house an aging parent or a child not quite ready to fly the nest — weren’t allowed in Englewood.

Until now.

On Monday, the city council narrowly approved an ordinance allowing ADUs to be established in more than half of Englewood’s residential zoned areas. The suburb of 35,000 follows in the footsteps of several metro-area communities that have loosened rules on accessory dwelling units, including Denver, Arvada and Golden.

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