AGENDA ITEM #8A
February 5, 2013
Bill 31-12, Accessory Apartments - Licensing
The Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 12-11 would allow accessory apartments under certain conditions
without a special exception. The Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee after
worksessions on October 8, October 22, and November 5,2012, recommended Bill 31-12 and amending
ZTA 12-11 to simplify and speed the review of most accessory apartments.
On November 5, 2012, the Committee endorsed the provisions of Bill 31-12 to create a separate
licensing process for accessory apartments in combination with its recommendations on ZTA 12-11.1
Bill 31-12 sponsored by the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee, was introduced
on November 13, 2012.
The Council held a public hearing on Bill 31-12 on December 4, 2012.
The Council reviewed the
issues raised in the testimony at its worksession on January 15,2013. The straw votes by the Council
indicated support for 3 changes to the Bill:
Allow the Department of Housing and Community Affairs Director to determine the details of a
sign an applicant must post on their property;
Make provisions for the transferability of an accessory apartment license; and
Establish an effective date of May 20,2013.
After the meeting, Committee members agreed with an amendment to use the date of acceptance of a license application by
DHCA to determine subsequent deadlines. As introduced, Bill 31-12 uses the date of filing a license application to determine
The memorandum that was used by the Council is attached to that staff report for item #6(B) on Council's February 5, 2013