Across the county, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are a hot topic in cities when discussing housing policies to encourage more housing options for people of all ages. ADUs (also known as granny flats, in-law suites, and backyard bungalows) are small residences with a single-family lot with a larger primary housing unit. These independent living spaces (filled with kitchens/kitchenettes, bathroom, and living/sleeping spaces) allow homeowners to provide housing for aging parents, adult children, and other loved ones. ADUs often become rented units when homeownership changes or family needs change.
With Smithville’s desire to incorporate more housing options for both current and future residents, as well as Smithville’s projected growing need of providing aging-in-place opportunities, ADUs may be an important component of the city’s housing strategy over the coming decade.