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Danbury seeks to opt-out of state law allowing 'granny pods'

The Danbury Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on a proposal to have the City opt out of a new state law that requires municipalities to allow accessory apartments, or so-called granny pods.  Starting this year, accessory apartments, which are also known as garage apartments or in-law suites, will be legal to build and rent to family or other tenants in residential and single-family areas. 

There is an opt-out provision for municipalities.  The municipal zoning commission and legislative body would have vote for the opt-out by a two-thirds majority.

The public hearing will be held March 8th. 

For municipalities that don't opt-out, accessory apartments would be limited to 30 percent of the principal dwelling or 1,000 square feet, whichever is smaller. The law prevents local zoning regulations from establishing minimum floor area requirements that exceed proper safety code.