PUBLISHED: June 1, 2022

Clatsop County is seeking community input on rural land housing options.

The Department of Community Development is hosting an online survey to gauge community views on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and their place in the unincorporated county.

ADUs are secondary and complete living spaces on a property that already has a main dwelling; ADUs are a way for owners to make fuller use of their property by providing separate living space for visitors or family members, or for use as a long-term rental unit. ADUs can be attached to the main house or separated from it.

Currently, ADUs are only permitted in specific areas of unincorporated Clatsop County that are connected to a community sewer system. In 2021, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 391, which allows counties to pass new regulations to allow ADUs on rural land with septic systems.

State law requires qualifying parcels to be at least 2 acres in size and prohibits the use of ADUs as short-term rentals.

Since SB 391 gives counties the option of whether or not to allow ADUs, the county invites residents and landlords to share whether they support these types of housing, as well as any concerns they may have.

The survey is available on Clatsop County website. The survey will be live until June 24. Hard copies will also be available at the Community Development Office, 800 Exchange St., Suite 100, Astoria.

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