Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Resources
Encouraging the development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) is one of the City's 13 Housing Strategies (Strategy 4). ADUs are a form of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH), given their smaller square footage and their ability to use existing infrastructure such as streets, water, and sewer. These smaller units help to quickly expand housing stock - especially if they're utilized as long-term rentals - and they can also give homeowners the opportunity to generate income from their property.
Below are some resources currently offered by the City of Grand Junction to support community members in developing ADUs.
ADU PRODUCTION PROGRAM (APP)
In March of 2023, the City adopted Ordinance No. 5136 (PDF), which established an ADU Production Program to incentivize and support the construction of ADUs. Those who receive incentives through the program will commit to keeping their ADUs as long-term rentals for a certain period of years. Applications for the program will open Monday, April 17, 2023.
Incentives will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must have a planning clearance number before submitting an application to the APP. Planning clearances that were submitted before April 17 but are still in review may be accepted. Planning clearances that were approved before April 17 will NOT be eligible for the APP.
The ADU Production Program has two tiers of incentives and commitments:
- Tier 1:
- Open to all ADU Developers
- City impact fees are paid by the City
- ADU must be kept as a long-term rental for 5 years
- Tier 2:
- Open to ADU developers who will commit to living on their property where the ADU is developed, and who have household incomes below 140% Area Median Income (AMI)
- City impact fees are paid by the City, AND the City will offer a direct financial incentive, up to $15,000 total
- ADU must be kept as a long-term rental for 7 years
Please see Ordinance No. 5136 for official terms and details.
This form is for recipients of APP incentives who need to certify occupancy of their property; it can be used for both annual certification and new tenant certification (within 10 days of move-in).
This 10-page ADU toolkit (PDF) / Kit de herramientas de ADU (ESP) (PDF) provides general information on ADU types, costs, financing, as well as the City of Grand Junction development review process. There are also extra resources located throughout the toolkit which can be accessed by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. Alternatively, the links to those extra resources can be found below: