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City Council Passes ADU Ordinance

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A controversial ordinance dealing with accessory dwelling units, or ADU's, got the "okay" from city council Monday night.

The ordinance allows property owners who live in any residential neighborhood to add an interior or detached units,such as basement apartments and backyard cottages, within strict guidelines.

Before Monday night's decision, these ADU's were only allowed in multi-family districts.

The community has been divided over the ordinance, but not enough people protested to stop the measure.

Those who voted against it said they're disappointed in their fellow council members' decision.

"I feel like they're not listening to the people," said Councilor Jon Wilkins. "There's problems in the neighborhood now that haven't been addressed and this will just add to them problems, like less parking and uncontrollable rentals."

Mayor John Engen can veto the vote, but he said he will not

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