Attend a public meeting on a proposed code change to allow Accessory Dwelling Units

What could these housing options mean for Tucson?

Join us at a virtual public meeting to learn about a proposed code change to allow backyard casitas (also known as Accessory Dwelling Units) in Tucson.

Attend to hear how this housing option can provide affordable housing, help seniors age in place, and promote sustainable infill development. 

PDSD staff will present a draft proposal for new zoning regulations to permit this housing type. This proposal was developed based on what we heard at public meetings held earlier this year, and input from a stakeholder group representing a range of viewpoints and expertise.

Share your feedback and hear from other community members.

Meetings will be held on Zoom at the following times:

  • Wednesday, May 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm 
  • Saturday, May 22, 10:00am – 11:30am
  • Monday, May 24, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 25, 9:00am – 10:30am

At the request of Mayor and Council, the City of Tucson is considering changes to the zoning code to allow Accessory Dwelling Units. An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, is an independent housing unit with its own kitchen, bathroom, living and sleeping space, built on the same lot as a primary residence. These units have been legalized in other communities in order to create more affordable housing, support multi-generational households and provide more options for residents who wish to age in place.

Currently the zoning regulations in Tucson make it difficult to build these units on most residential lots. City staff have developed a proposal based on feedback from the public and stakeholders for how to change these regulations to define and permit Accessory Dwelling Units. 

For more background, please visit this page.