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Jacksonville approves expansion of ‘accessory dwelling units’

Published on November 14, 2022 at 9:49 am

The Jacksonville City Council has passed legislation that expands where accessory dwelling units — ADUs — can be built and rented as housing.

Two bills, introduced by Council member Rory Diamond, will allow ADUs as a permitted use in most low-density, single-family neighborhoods citywide except where they are prohibited by a homeowners association. The change does not apply to the Beaches, which Diamond represents, or Baldwin.

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Housing advocates like nonprofits Ability Housing and Sulzbacher as well as the Northeast Florida Builders Association say expanding the option to build ADUs is one tool and “the lowest hanging fruit” to combat what they call Jacksonville’s affordable and attainable housing crisis.

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