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Unlocking Potential: Accessory Dwelling Units and the Future of Missing Middle Housing in Asheville, NC

As Asheville, NC, continues to grow and evolve, the demand for diverse and affordable housing solutions has never been more pressing. Amidst this backdrop, "Missing Middle Housing" emerges as a beacon of opportunity, particularly for developers and homeowners looking to maximize their property investments alongside creating affordable housing opportunities throughout the city. At Glaspy Land Surveying, we're keenly observing the shifting landscape and the rising prominence of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in addressing this need. Let's delve into how these changes, especially the proposed adjustments to subdivision rules and setbacks, are paving the way for innovative housing opportunities within Asheville.

The Challenge of Small Tracts:

Historically, the development potential of smaller tracts of land in Asheville has been constrained by regulations that limit the ability to subdivide properties. This has posed challenges for homeowners and developers alike, who see the potential for optimizing their land use but are held back by existing rules.


A New Horizon with ADUs:

Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, offer a promising solution to this challenge. By allowing homeowners to add secondary units on their property, whether attached or detached, ADUs can significantly enhance the value and utility of a property. These units can serve various purposes, from providing housing for family members to generating rental income, all while contributing to the diversity of housing options available in the community.


Proposed Changes and Opportunities:

In a significant development for Asheville's housing landscape, there are proposals to adjust the city's zoning rules to facilitate the subdivision of the ADU and the land it sits on into separate stand alone homes. One of the most notable proposed changes is the reduction of minimum setbacks to just 6 feet, on all sides,  a move that could transform the feasibility of developing ADUs on small tracts of land. This adjustment is not just a win for property optimization but also aligns with sustainable urban development practices by promoting denser, more efficient land use.



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