Minneapolis Pondering 'Granny Flats' Legalization

Responding to advocates who are calling for granny flats as a potential boon to the city's housing stock, city staff will begin a public engagement process this summer in preparation for possible changes to the city's zoning code.

"Minneapolis has started a push to eliminate zoning rules that bar single-family homeowners from building an additional unit on their property, sometimes known as a 'granny flat,'" according to an article by Eric Roper.

"So-called accessory dwelling units are illegal in Minneapolis’ single-family residential zones, outside of an area around Ventura Village established in 2001."

To prepare for potential of changing the city's regulation of "granny flats," also known as "in-law units," the city will undertake a summer-long outreach process. Granny flats encountered controversy this spring, according to Roper, in St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park.

Full Story: ‘Granny flats’ up for debate in Minneapolis


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